New Delhi, Feb 24: The Parliament approved a bill facilitating salary hike of the Supreme Court and the High Courts judges, on Tuesday Feb 24. The judges are likely to get a three-fold salary rise.
Lastweek, Lok Sabha had approved 'The High Court and Supreme Court Judges Amendment (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Bill 2008.
The bill will increase the salary of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) from Rs 33,000 to Rs 1 lakh month, while other Apex court judges will get a boost of Rs 90,000 from their earlier Rs 30,000 per month salary.
It proposes to increase the salary of the Chief Justice of High Courts from Rs 30,000 to Rs 90,000 per month, and HC judge"s salary from Rs 26,000 to Rs 80,000 per month.
Law Minister H R Bhardwaj said under the Sixth Pay Commission provisions for the salary and allowances of civil servants, the salary of judges needed to be revised.
Debating on the bill, the BJP leader, Arun Jaitley, said he supported the Bill but wanted changes in the appointment procedure of the judges and also a system to look into the allegations of misdemeanor by judges as 'impeachment was used in the rarest of rare cases."