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LS Passes bill to increase number of SC judges

Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), August 6:-Lok Sabha on Monday passed a bill which seeks to increase the number of Supreme Court judges from the present 30 to 33 with a view to reduce pendency of cases.

Responding to a question on the request made by the Chief Justice of India to increase the retirement age of High Court Judges, he said the matter has to be looked into its totality as others including the three service chiefs and bureaucrats could also demand the same.

A Constitutional Amendment bill brought by the UPA government to increase the retirement age of High Court Judges from 62 to 65 lapsed and it never came up for discussion in the 15th Lok Sabha.

The minister also said that he always urged the judiciary to expedite the process of filling vacancies in subordinate judiciary.

As of now, the Supreme Court has a sanctioned strength of 30 judges, plus the chief justice of India — 31 judges.

Once the bill gets parliamentary approval, its sanctioned strength will go up to 33, plus the CJI, according to the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Bill piloted by Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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