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The Supreme Court fills some vacancies

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TOI reports:

Justices Sudhansu J Mukhopadhaya [sic], Ranjana P Desai and J S Khehar took oath as Supreme Court judges on Tuesday even as the Collegium headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia prepared to recommend names to the government for filling four more vacancies that would arise by October 15.

The apex court has a sanctioned strength of 31 judges, including the CJI. But, it has been functioning with 29 judges for some time and recently three of them — Justices B Sudershan Reddy, V S Sirpurkar and H S Bedi — had retired.

Though the three new judges would up the working strength back to 29, four more — Justices M K Sharma, Markandey Katju (both retire this month), J M Panchal and R V Raveendra (who retire in October) — would bid farewell to the top judicial institution by October 15.

The Collegium has already recommended the names of Delhi High Court Chief Justice Deepak Misra and Kerala HC Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar to the government for appointment as judges of the Supreme Court. And it has to work overtime to find names for filling the vacancies.

In another report TOI reminds us:

Justice J S Khehar, who will be taking oath on Tuesday as judge of the Supreme Court (SC) and is expected to become the first Sikh Chief Justice of the country in 2017, had once defined a Sikh.

While heading full bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court on May 30, 2009, Justice Khehar had held, “Retaining hair unshorn is a fundamental tenet of the Sikh religion and a Sikh is one who keeps unshorn hair and does not trim beard or pluck eyebrows.”

Justifying judicial intervention on such issues, Justice Khehar, who spoke for the bench, had also maintained that once a court arrives at the conclusion that a particular aspect of a religion, is fundamental and integral, as per the followers of the faith, it must be given effect to, irrespective of the views expressed on the said issue, based either on science or logic.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

September 14, 2011 at 4:16 am

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