In a partial relief to the Gujarat High Court that is grappling with an acute shortage of judges, the Supreme Court collegium has cleared the names of three advocates for elevation as judges of the Gujarat High Court.
The three advocates are Vaibhavi Nanavati, Nirzarkumar Desai, and Nikhil Kariel. Notably, the names were cleared by the Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde in its meeting on August 14.
All three advocates have wide experience in various branches of law. They have represented various reputed companies, as well as government and private organisations, in the Gujarat High Court.
As per the process, the Supreme Court collegium will send its recommendation to the Union government. The union government after completing the formalities is supposed to notify the appointments.
Legal eagles chosen for elevation as judges
One of the advocates chosen for elevation, Vaibhavi Nanavati, comes from a family of well-known lawyers. She has earned her experience in wide-ranging areas of legal practice such as constitutional law, criminal law, civil law, education law and service law among others.
Similarly, Nikhil S Kariel is a well-known name in the legal circles. He has expertise in various branches of law.
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On the other hand, Nirzarkumar Desai is the standing counsel for the Union government in the Gujarat High Court. He has expertise in service matters, pollution matters, and indirect tax matters. He has represented the Centre in various important cases in the Gujarat High Court.
Vacancy in Gujarat High court
The Gujarat High Court is already grappling with an acute shortage of judges. Nearly, 50 per cent of the sanctioned positions for judges are vacant. While the sanctioned strength of judges in the high court is 52, only 27 judges, including Chief Justice Vikram Nath, are in position. Thus, there are 25 positions for judges vacant in the high court.
Notably, the last appointment of judges was in the month of March. Then, Justice Ilesh Vora, Justice Gita Gopi, Justice Ashokkumar Joshi and Justice Rajendra Sareen were elevated as high court judges.
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