As on September 1, 2020, there are 2 females judges in the Supreme Court, Ravi Shankar Prasad stated (File)
There are only two females judges in the Supreme Court and 78 in different high courts of the country, the government notified Parliament on Wednesday.
In a written reply to a concern in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said the information of the female judges in the tribunals are not maintained centrally as they are administered by various ministries or departments of the federal government.
The details of the female judges in the subordinate judiciary are likewise not maintained centrally as the subject matter falls within the domain of the high courts and state governments, he added.
” As on September 1, 2020, there are 2 ladies judges in the Supreme Court and 78 women judges in numerous High Courts,” Mr Prasad said.
He said the Supreme Court has an approved strength of 34 judges and 2 of them are females.
According to the data provided by the minister, the optimum of 11 ladies judges remain in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, followed by nine in the Madras High Court and eight each in the high courts of Delhi and Bombay.
The information stated the high courts of Patna, Manipur, Meghalaya, Telangana, Tripura and Uttarakhand do not have any female judge.
There is only a woman judge each in the high courts of Gauhati, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Sikkim.
On whether the government is taking actions to increase the representation of ladies in the judiciary and whether appointment would be supplied to increase their strength, the minister stated the visits of high court judges are made under Articles 217 and 224 of the Constitution.
” These Articles do not attend to appointment for any caste or class of person including ladies. The Government has, however, been asking for the Chief Justices of the High Courts that while sending out proposals for appointment of Judges, due consideration be provided to appropriate candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backwards Classes, Minorities and Females,” he said.
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