SC strength to be increased to 33 from 30

July 31, 2019

New Delhi:The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved introduction of a bill to increase the number of judges in the Supreme Court from the present 30 to 33, excluding the Chief Justice.

More judges are needed to clear so many pending matters, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said at a media briefing about the Cabinet decisions here.

“The Cabinet has taken a decision to increase the strength from 31 to 34 (including Chief Justice),” the Minister said.

The apex court has currently 30 judges, excluding the CJI.

Once the bill to increase the strength of judges gets cleared by the Parliament, the number of judges would go up to 33, excluding the CJI.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had recently written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking to increase the strength of the apex p court judges, citing a pendency of 58,669 cases.

The CJI had said that Constitution benches cannot be formed due to paucity of judges.

–India News Stream