11 vacancies of judges in Supreme Court by next year

New Delhi, Sep 5: There will be 11 vacancies for judges in the Supreme Court by May next year.

In a response to a question in the Rajya Sabha Monday, Minister of Law and Justice Salman Khurshid said: ‘There would be 11 vacancies of judges in the Supreme Court upto May 31, 2012 including existing four vacancies of judges as on Aug 31, 2011.’

‘The entire process of initiation of proposal for appointment of a judge of a Supreme Court rests with the Chief Justice of India. The proposals received from the Supreme Court are under consideration of the government,’ he added.

The constitution provides for the Supreme Court to have a chief justice and 30 lower- ranking judges.