New Delhi, Mar 9 (PTI) A total of 43 additional judges in five high courts were today elevated as permanent judges but no fresh appointments were made in the higher judiciary.
Separate law ministry notifications said while 17 additional judges have been elevated as permanent judges in the Madhya Pradesh High Court, 10 judges were elevated in the Rajasthan High Court.
Similarly, six, seven and three additional judges have been elevated as permanent judges in the high courts of Bombay, Gujarat and Calcutta respectively.
Additional judges have a tenure of two years following which most are elevated as permanent judges.
Sources in the government said the elevations were routine in nature but no fresh judges have been appointed in the recent past.
The recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph and senior advocate Indu Malhotra to the apex court is pending with the government since January.
While the approved strength of judges of the 24 high courts is 1079, the working strength is a mere 673. It makes the high courts short of 406 judges.
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