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With 11 new High Court judges appointed on August 14, the Indian government has set a record by making 138 judicial appointments so far this year.
The previous record of 126 High Court appointments in 2016 was surpassed in 2022, according to a statement from the Ministry of Justice.
In 2021, High Court appointments were 120 but the Supreme Court had seen nine appointments. “Thus, the whole appointment process in the upper judiciary has been expedited,” the Justice Department said.
On August 13, the Ministry of Justice notified the appointment of 26 High Court judges to the courts of Allahabad, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gauhati, Orissa and Himachal Pradesh.
On Sunday, another 11 High Court Judges were appointed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The lawyers who were appointed as additional judges on Sunday are Nidhi Gupta, Sanjay Vashisth, Tribhuvan Dahiya, Namit Kumar, Harkesh Manuja, Aman Chaudhary, Naresh Singh, Harsh Bunger, Jagmohan Bansal, Deepak Manchanda and Alok Jain.
They will serve as additional judges for a period of two years from the date they take over their respective duties, the Justice Ministry said.