Ahmedabad, Oct 16 (PTI) The Union Law Ministry Tuesday appointed four new judges to the Gujarat High Court, taking the total number of judges to 31. Also Read - If Law Ministry isn't a post office, it has no right to become a police station: Mayawati

As per a notification issued by the ministry, Umesh Trivedi, Ajay Kumar Rao, Viresh Kumar Mayani and Ashutosh Thaker have been appointed as the judges, in the order of seniority. Also Read - Bill to halve Christian couples' cooling off period misses Parl date

While Trivedi is an advocate, the three others are judicial officers. Also Read - Delhi Speaker cracks whip on officers for refusing answers to questions by MLAs

The high court has 27 judges, as against the sanctioned strength of 52. With the new appointments, the number of judges will go upto 31. Three judges are retiring in another three months.

The Supreme Court Collegium had in April recommended the names of five candidates for their elevation to high court judges, among them the name of judicial officer Vishnukumar Patel did not figure in the list.

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