The Rajya Sabha has been informed that there are six vacancies of judges in the Supreme Court,
while nine high courts are working without regular chief justices, but the government has not
received any proposal from the apex court collegium to fill up the slots.
Union minister of state for law PP Chaudhary has informed the Upper House of
Parliament that the “government has not received any proposal for filling up of the six
vacancies of judges in the Supreme Court and for appointment of chief justices in the nine
high courts, which are functioning with acting chief justices”.
The approved strength of the Supreme Court is 31, including the Chief Justice of India (CJI). The
collegium comprises the CJI and four seniormost judges of the apex court.
The high courts of Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh,
Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka and Manipur are working without regular chief justices.
As per the procedure for the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts,
the apex court collegium recommends the names of candidates to the government which, in turn,
either accepts the proposal or returns it for reconsideration.