Government appoints 5 new judges to Supreme Court

Five new judges are appointed to the Supreme Court by the President Pranab Mukherjee. Now the total number of judges in the Supreme Court raised to 28 from 23. New Judges are :

1.Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul

2.Rajasthan HC Chief Justice Naveen Sinha

3.Kerala HC Chief Justice Mohan M Shantanagouder

4.Chhattisgarh HC Chief Justice Dipak Gupta

5.Karnataka HC judge S Abdul Nazeer

Their names had been recommended by the Supreme Court collegium in January. The fresh appointments will take the number of Supreme Court judges to 28, still three short of the court’s full strength. This is the second set of appointments to the top court since it declared the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act, 2014, unconstitutional and an infringement on judicial independence. In May 2016, four judges were appointed to the court. The appointments have been made inspite of a standoff between the apex court collegium and the Centre in finalizing the memorandum of procedure (MoP) for appointing judges. SC judge is appointed to the Supreme Court by the President. Supreme Court judges retire at the age of 65. Article 125 of the Indian Constitution leaves it to the Indian Parliament to determine the salary, other allowances, leave of absence, pension, etc. of the Supreme Court judges.

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