J&K High Court judges’ appointment : CM office clears 5 names


JAMMU & KASHMIR, Sep 18 : The chief minister’s office has cleared a panel comprising five names for their appointment as judges of the J&K High Court and sent the proposal to the Raj Bhavan for its approval.

A senior official told Greater Kashmir that the High Court collegium recently submitted the panel comprising four advocates—two each from Jammu and Kashmir—and a senior judicial officer to the chief minister’s office.

The probables include Nazir Ahmad Beig, SA Makroo and Rashid Ali Dar from Kashmir and Wasim Nargal and Sindhu Sharma from Jammu.

“The CM’s office has cleared the proposal and sent it to Governor NN Vohra for his approval,” said the official.

Once the Raj Bhavan Okays the panel, it will go to the union law ministry for clearance before the President approves the appointments.

Dar is presently principal district and session judge Srinagar while Beig has served as senior additional advocate general during Governor’s rule in 2016 as well as with the Home department, state legislature, civil aviation, Law department and some other departments.

Presently, Beig is standing counsel in the High Court representing the High Court, State Legal Services Authority and some central institutions.  He has been recommended for the second time by the High Court collegium.

Earlier in January 2014 also, the HC collegium headed by the then Chief Justice M M Kumar had initiated the process for appointment of four new High Court judges and one of the contenders was Beig.

Advocate S A Makroo had earlier served as assistant solicitor general of India in the High Court, Srinagar wing, for six years. He has represented several central departments in the High Court for three years.

At present, Makroo represents some central government institutions including the Election Commission of India and University Grants Commission.

Advocate Sindhu Sharma is presently assistant solicitor general of India in J&K High Court, Jammu Wing while advocate Wasim Sadiq Nargal is presently senior additional advocate general and had earlier also served as additional advocate general (Home department) in the Jammu Wing of the High Court.

The legal fraternity has hailed the move.

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