High Court Judge appointments show unequal representation among backward and minority Communities

The central government informed the Lok Sabha on Friday that, since 2018 Three out of four judges appointed to the High Courts in the country belong to the upper caste communities while Dalits and tribals together do not touch 5 per cent of the 604 appointed judges.

Law Minister Arjun Meghwal, in a written response to AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi, said information on social background is provided by the recommendees for elevation to High Court judges as per the revised Annexure finalised in 2018.

Based on information from recommendees, it was found that 75.58% of the 604 High Court judges appointed between 2018 and July 17 belonged to the General Category, while 2.98% belonged to Scheduled Tribes, 11.92% were from OBC communities, and 5.6% belonged to minority communities.

The remaining 13 judges did not provide their community details. The response from the Minister came in regard to a question posed by Owaisi, addressing concerns about the potential inequitable representation of backward and minority communities among judges, as it appeared that a significant percentage of judges appointed in High Courts were from the upper castes in the past five years.

Source: Deccan Herald

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