As on September 1, 2020, there are 2 ladies judges in the Supreme Court, Ravi Shankar Prasad stated (File)
There are just two ladies judges in the Supreme Court and 78 in numerous high courts of the country, the government notified Parliament on Wednesday.
In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad stated the details of the female judges in the tribunals are not kept centrally as they are administered by different ministries or departments of the federal government.
The details of the female judges in the subordinate judiciary are likewise not preserved centrally as the subject matter falls within the domain of the high courts and state federal governments, he added.
” As on September 1, 2020, there are 2 ladies judges in the Supreme Court and 78 females judges in different High Courts,” Mr Prasad stated.
He stated the Supreme Court has actually a sanctioned strength of 34 judges and two of them are ladies.
According to the data offered by the minister, the optimum of 11 females judges remain in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, followed by 9 in the Madras High Court and eight each in the high courts of Delhi and Bombay.
The data stated the high courts of Patna, Manipur, Meghalaya, Telangana, Tripura and Uttarakhand do not have any woman judge.
There is just a female judge each in the high courts of Gauhati, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Sikkim.
On whether the government is taking steps to increase the representation of females in the judiciary and whether reservation would be provided to boost their strength, the minister said the visits of high court judges are made under Articles 217 and 224 of the Constitution.
” These Articles do not offer reservation for any caste or class of individual including females. The Federal government has, nevertheless, been asking for the Chief Justices of the High Courts that while sending out propositions for visit of Judges, due consideration be offered to ideal prospects coming from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backwards Classes, Minorities and Ladies,” he stated.
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