MP news: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court Collegium made recommendations for the appointment of nine judges to the Madhya Pradesh High Court. The names of five judicial officers, including Rajendra Kumar Vani, Pramod Kumar Agrawal, Binod Kumar Dwivedi, Devnarayan Mishra, and Gajendra Singh, were put forward by the High Court in May and August of this year.
In addition, the High Court had proposed four advocates, Vinay Saraf, Vivek Jain, Ashish Shroti, and Amit Seth, for elevation as judges back in November 2022.
Supreme Court Collegium gave its clearance
After a thorough review of their records, the Supreme Court Collegium gave its clearance for all these recommendations on October 17. It is noteworthy that one of the judicial officers, Binod Dwivedi, was recommended even though he had exceeded the age of 58½ years at the time of the vacancy against which his name was proposed. The Collegium acknowledged his exceptional fitness and suitability for the role.
Representations from other senior judicial officers
The Collegium also revealed that it considered representations from other senior judicial officers who expressed concerns that their names might have been overlooked by the High Court Collegium. However, the Supreme Court Collegium concluded that the High Court had valid reasons for not recommending those names.
Regarding the advocates recommended for elevation, the Collegium took note of certain general observations made by the Department of Justice about advocate Ashish Shroti, particularly related to his legal acumen in criminal law. Nevertheless, the Collegium believed that these observations should not hinder his appointment as a High Court judge.