Punjab and Haryana High Court will get 12 new judges. The names have received clearance from the President. Out of these, seven are senior advocates and five are sessions judges, four from Haryana and one from Punjab.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court have a sanctioned strength of 68. Presently there are 47 judges in the High Court. This will be the first time that the High Court will have a strength of 59 judges.
The advocates whose names have been cleared include senior advocate Deepak Sibal, cousin of the former union law and justice minister Kapil Sibal. The others include senior advocate Amit Rawal and advocates Hari Pal Verma, Anupinder Singh Grewal, Jaishree Thakur, Raj Mohan Singh and BS Walia.
Of these, Hari Pal Verma, Anupinder Singh Grewal, and BS Walia are law officers in the office of Advocate General of Punjab. Senior Advocate Amit Rawal was the Additional Advocate General of Punjab and Jaishree Thakur was earlier the Deputy Advocate General.
The Sessions judges of Haryana whose names have been cleared include Darshan Singh, District and Sessions Judge (DSJ), Faridabad. He had rejected CBI’s close report against a then sitting High Court Judge, Nirmal Yadav, in the infamous Cash-at-judge’s-door corruption case when he was heading the special CBI court.
The others are Shekhar Dhawan, DSJ, Gurgaon; Sneh Lata Prashar, DSJ, Panipat and Raj Rahul Garg, who was recently appointed as the legal remembracer of Haryana. From Punjab, name of Gurmit Ram, DSJ, Kapurthala has been cleared.
The officers are likely to administered oath of office and secrecy in the coming few weeks. A formal notification for the same is yet to be confirmed. Most of the officers have served some term in Chandigarh District and Sessions courts.
A lobby of the senior advocates are of the opinion that the list cleared is fair and the names cleared will make consistent and fair judicial officers.