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Telangana High Court Bench Strength Increases By 75% as CJI Takes up Long Pending Proposal

By Nargis Bano      14 June, 2021 12:20 PM      0 Comments
Telangana High Court Bench Strength Increases By 75% as CJI Takes up Long Pending Proposal

The Telangana High Court will see one of the largest increases in judicial strength throughout the country in a long time after the Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana gave his final approval to increase the Telangana High Courts strength by 75%.  Soon the Telangana high court s sanctioned bench strength will  increase  from 24-42.

The court is set to have 42 judges. The total number of permanent judges will be 32 out of 42 , while the remaining ten will be Additional Judges. At 8, the Elevation from the Bar will be set ,  while that of  judicial services will be set at  14.

Before being resurrected at the request of the CJI, the proposal had been stalled for two years.  The proposal, which had been endorsed by the Chief Minister and the then-Governor of Telangana, was sent by the High Court to the Union Minister of Law and Justice in February 2019. The matter was revisited in November 2019 based on the reference received from the PMO, and the Ministry informed the Chief Justice of the High Court to prioritise filling vacancies. 

After taking office in May 2021, the CJI reviewed the proposal and discussed it with the Prime Minister and Law Minister, who agreed to have the matter examined expeditiously.

On May 27, 2021, the CJI wrote to the Law Minister, stating that since 2019 the proposal to increase the sanctioned Bench Strength had been pending. He emphasized that, despite the fact that the vacancies had been filled, the backlog had risen alarmingly to more than 2 lakh cases.on  7 June 2021, the Law Ministry agreed with the concerns and conveyed them to the CJI ,  and on 8th June 2021, the final approval was given to the proposal  by the CJI NV Ramana. 

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