No reservation for SCs in apex court: Govt

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New Delhi, Dec 7 (UNI) The Government does not have any proposal to provide reservation to Scheduled Castes in the Supreme Court, Law Minister H R Bhardwaj informed the Lok Sabha today.

''We have not received any proposal for giving reservation to scheduled castes in the Supreme Court. Whosoever from the community has become a judge in the apex court has come on merit,'' Mr Bhardwaj said, replying to supplementaries.

He said the strength of High Court judges would be raised to about 900 by appointing 200 new judges.

On the vacancies of judges in the High Courts, he said 110 were filled by in 2006 and 59 this year till now.

Besides, 49 proposals received from various high courts were at different stages of consideration.

Against a sanctioned strength of 689 judges, 600 judges were in position till now, leaving 89 vacancies to be filled up.

About vacancies in trial courts, he said the chief ministers had been requested to fill up these vacancies.

UNI

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