The Union Government has cleared the Supreme Court Collegium’s recommendation to appoint five new judges to the Apex Court.
Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal, Patna High Court Chief Justice Sanjay Karol, Manipur High Court Chief Justice PV Sanjay Kumar, Patna High Court judge Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Allahabad High Court judge Manoj Misra will now be Supreme Court judges.
The judges are likely to take the oath of office on February 6. “As per the provisions under the Constitution of India, the Hon’ble President of India has appointed the following Chief Justices and Judges of the High Courts as Judges of the Supreme Court.
I extend best wishes to all of them,” Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted.
On December 13, 2022, the Supreme Court Collegium, headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, recommended the appointment of these judges.
Amid the appointments-related row, Law Minister Rijiju on February 3 said at an event, “I saw in the news that the Supreme Court has given a warning”.
“But the masters of this country are the people of this country. We are only workers. If there is a master, it is the public. If there is a guide, the Constitution is our guide. According to the Constitution, this country will be run as people want it to be run. You can’t give a warning to anyone,” Rijiju remarked. “To see ourselves as workers of this great nation, to be given a chance to serve, are good enough,” the Law Minister said.