Centre returns names of two lawyers to SC collegium, for 2nd time

New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium’s recommendation for the appointments of two lawyers as judges of the Allahabad HC has been returned for the second time by the government citing complaints against them.

The two lawyers are Mohammad Mansoor and Basharat Ali Khan. Mansoor is the son of former Supreme Court judge late Saghir Ahmed. Justice Ahmed had headed a working group formed by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Centre-State relations with special reference to Jammu and Kashmir.

The NDA government had on an earlier occasion returned the file recommending the two names, citing complaints against the candidates. But the collegium reiterated its recommendation, terming the complaints as frivolous.

Last month, the recommendation was returned by the government to the collegium for reconsideration, after keeping the matter pending for over two-and-a-half years. After justice J Chelameswar retired on Friday, the five-member collegium a body of top five Supreme Court judges will have to be reconstituted.

The collegium, with a new member, will now have to take a call on the two names. The two lawyers have been regularly appearing as senior standing counsel in the Allahabad High Court.

Meanwhile, the government has also decided to return the name of advocate Nazir Ahmed Beig for elevation as the Jammu and Kashmir High Court judge.

  • Centre had on an earlier occasion returned the file recommending the two names, citing complaints against the candidates.
  • But the collegium reiterated its recommendation, terming the complaints as frivolous.

Supreme Court notifies new roster

  • Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has now introduced a few changes in it. The new roster has come into effect from 9 April.
  • As per the new roster, elections matters will now be heard by Justice AK Sikri & justice RK Agrawal. Matters relating to religious endowments have been taken away from justice Sikri.
  • Besides, quite a few new subject matters have been added for justice AK Goel. These are- direct tax and Company Law matters amongst others.
  • In addition to the matters already being heard by justice SA Bobde, the new roster adds on matters relating to leases, government contracts and contracts by local bodies.
  • As for justice NV Ramana, matters relating to admiralty and maritime laws; and armed forces have been added.