The Supreme Court collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana, has recommended 16 names for elevation as judges of the high courts of Bombay, Gujarat, Orissa, and Punjab and Haryana. In its meeting held on Wednesday, the collegium approved the proposal for the elevation of 16 names — six judicial officers and 10 advocates as judges of these four high courts. Besides the CJI, the three-member collegium which deals with the appointment in high courts includes Justices U U Lalit and A M Khanwilkar. The apex court collegium has approved the proposal for the elevation of four judicial officers — A L Pansare, S C More, U S Joshi-Phalke, and BP Deshpande — as judges of the Bombay High Court. Similarly, the collegium has recommended names of advocates Aditya Kumar Mohapatra and Mruganka Sekhar Sahoo and judicial officers Radha Krishna Pattanaik and Sashikanta Mishra for their elevation as judges of the Orissa High Court.
For the Gujarat High Court, the collegium has approved the proposal for the elevation of seven advocates — Mauna Manish Bhatt, Samir J Dave, Hemant M Prachchhak, Sandeep N Bhatt, Aniruddha Pradyumna Maybe, Niral Rashmikant Mehta, and Nisha Mahendrabhai Thakore — as judges there. The Supreme Court collegium has approved the proposal for the elevation of Sandeep Moudgil, an advocate, as a judge in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The collegium has been taking steps by recommending names to fill up a large number of vacancies in higher judiciary in the country.