The names of 22 advocates have been sent to the Supreme Court Collegium for elevation as the Bombay High Court judges. The 22 names recommended include advocates who are practicing advocates before the Bombay High Court.
The advocates, whose names have been recommended by the Bombay High Court, are: Aruna Shantaram Pai, S G Dige, G A Sanap, Sanjay Mehare, R N Laddha, Sanjeev Pratap Kadam, Sandeep Marne, Ms Sharmila Uttamrao Deshmukh, Sachindra Bhaskar Shetye, Kamal Rashmi Khate, Amira Abdul Razaq, Santosh Govindrao Chapalgaonkar, Aniket Vinay Deshmukh, Ms Mahajan Surekha Panditrao, Shailesh Parmod Brahme, Sandeep Harendera Parikh, Somasekhar Sundaressan, Markand Manohar Agnihotri, Abhay Ramdas Sambre, Ranjeet Damodar Bhuibhar, Smt. Gauri Sundareson Venkatraman, and Mahender Madhavrao Nerlikar.
While the Bombay High Court has a sanctioned strength of 94 judges, the number of vacancies as on 1st June, 2020 stands at 25 out of sanctioned strength.
The criteria for appointment of a person as Judge of High Court are provided under Article 217 of Constitution, which are: – has for at least ten years held a judicial office in the territory of India; or has for at least ten years been an advocate of a High Court or of two or more such Courts in succession.
These names will be placed before the Supreme Court Collegium, which consists of three senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, who then shall deliberate on the names of the advocates along with the report of the Intelligence Bureau on each candidate.
Once approved by the Supreme Court Collegium, the names of the proposed candidates will be sent to the Ministry of Law & Justice, which will send the names to the President of India. The President under his sign and seal would issue the warrant of appointment and thereafter it would be notified in the Official Gazette by the Government by which the proposed candidates would be eligible for taking the oath of office of judge of Bombay High Court.