75 percent of judges in high court are from general category, government told data after 2018 -aabtak24


HIgh Court Judges: After 2018, 75 percent of the judges appointed in all the High Courts of the country are from the general category. The Union Law Ministry has given this information in the Lok Sabha in response to a question. On the second day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament (Monsoon Session 2023), All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi asked the government a question regarding the appointments of judges. Owaisi tweeted about this. 

Owaisi tweeted that in reply to my question in the Lok Sabha, the government revealed that out of 604 High Court judges appointed from 2018 to July 17, 2023, 458 judges are from the general category, which is more than 75%. 

Owaisi had asked this question

According to a LiveLaw report, Owaisi had asked the Ministry of Law and Justice whether it was a fact that 79% of all high court judges appointed during the last five years were from the upper castes, indicating unequal representation of backward and minorities in the judiciary.

In response to Owaisi’s question, the Union Law Ministry said that according to the information received from the recommenders, out of 604 High Court judges appointed since 2018, 458 are from the general category. Although the minister did not specify the percentage, this number is 75 percent of the total vacancies.

No reservation in appointment of judges

The minister also told that the appointment of judges of Supreme Court and High Court is done under Articles 124, 217 and 224 of the Constitution of India. No reservation is given in these appointments. However, he pointed out that the government is requesting the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Chief Justices of the High Courts to ensure social diversity by considering suitable candidates from Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC), minorities and women.

How many judges from which category?

Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said, after 2018, out of the total number of judges appointed in all the High Courts, 18 judges belong to the Scheduled Castes. 9 judges come from Scheduled Tribes, 72 from Other Backward Classes and 34 from minority category. No information has been provided by him about the 13 judges.

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