The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Sh. Prakash Javadekar, on Wednesday, 31st July announced that the Cabinet had cleared a bill to increase the number of judges on the bench of the Supreme Court of India. This increase, as per the statement of the Minister, will be by 10% thereby changing the number of judges from 30 to 33 (excluding the CJI).
The Minister, while speaking to the media after the Cabinet meeting, hailed this proposal to be an important step that will help with the functioning of the judiciary. He also praised the NDA Government in its overall efforts to increase the number of High Court judges across India, with 173 additional posts being created in 2016. This has brought the overall number of judges to 1079.
While the current bench of the Supreme Court is at its maximum capacity, these three positions are to be sanctioned soon.
Tags : Supreme Court, Appointment of Judges, Union Cabinet