‘Consult JK govt before appointing new judges in HC’

Jammu and Kashmir

JAMMU, Apr 28: Union Law Minister, Sadananda Gowda with some serious observations has returned the file pertaining to the appointment of Judges to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court back to the State.

Highly placed sources told a local daily that, the Union Minister has given green signal on the file that the proposal for appointment of new Judges needs to be reconsidered as a new political Government is in place.

Since the new appointments have great impact on the State, it should seek opinion of both the Chief Minister and the State Governor on the matter.

Sources added, that these instructions have been issued by the Union Law Minister to send formal communication pertaining to the return of the Judges panel to the State Governor, N N Vohra; Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and Chief Justice State High Court, Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar.

They further added that, the entire exercise for appointment of Judges in State High Court has to be done again.

Saying that the Ministry was also worried over the matter that security agencies had reserved one candidate in the panel which isrecommended by the State High Court.

Earlier, Governor N N Vohra in March this year said that he was not consulted before sending the formal proposal to the Centre.

Source said, the Governor has also questioned the entire process as being head of State his views should to be taken before sending the final proposal.

State was under Governor’s Rule, when the proposal was initiated by the High Court authorities and therefore his remarks should have been taken questioned the Governor.

Earlier, in March this year for recommending a panel for appointment as High Court Judges, Chief Justice, N Paul Vasanthakumar after consulting with senior Judges had sent their confidential report to the Governor, Union Law Ministry and Supreme Court.

In the absence of political Government in the State, the panel was only shared with Raj Bhavan while as another copy was forwarded to the security agencies to verify the credentials of the persons on the panel.

Sources pointed out that Raj Bhavan forwarded the entire file along with its observations to the Union Law Ministry

The panel included six Advocates three from Jammu and Kashmir besides two senior judicial officers.

The lawyers in the panel included Advocate Javed Kawoosa, Advocate M S Latif, Advocate Nasir Hussain Shah from Kashmir region and Advocate R K Gupta, Advocate G S Thakur and Advocate S K Shukla from Jammu region.

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