President assents to increase number of SC judges

has signed into law a Bill which seeks to increase the sanctioned strength of judges in the Supreme Court from 30 to 33 besides the Chief Justice of India.

President Kovind signed off on the Act on August 9, 2019.

The was passed by Parliament earlier this week.

With no vacancy, the present strength of the apex court is 31, including the chief justice of India.After the law comes into force, the sanctioned strength of will be 33, besides the

The move to increase the strength of judges by 3 or 10 per cent comes against the backdrop of rising cases in the top court which stand at nearly 60,000.

The decision also comes days after Chief Justice of India wrote to Prime Minister to increase the number of judges in the top court.

According to a written reply by the Law Ministry to a Rajya Sabha question on July 11,59,331 cases are pending in the top court.

Due to paucity of judges, the required number of constitution benches to decide important cases involving questions of law were not being formed, the CJI said.

“You would recall that way back in 1988, about three decades ago, the judge strength of the SC was increased from 18 to 26, and then again after two decades in 2009, it was increased to 31, including the CJI, to expedite disposal of cases to keep pace with the rate of institution,” he wrote.

This law amends Section 2 of the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Act, 1956, thereby increasing the total number of Judges in the Supreme Court to 34 from 31. Once the amended law comes into force, the Supreme Court collegium will recommend three names to the government for appointment as SC judges, a government functionary said.

(With Inputs from PTI)


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