BENGALURU: The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it has cleared 34 names out of the 77 recommended by the collegium for appointment as judges in various high courts in the country.
In Karnataka, five judges have been appointed to the High Court. They are Kempaiah Somashekar, Kotravva Somappa Mudagal, Sreenivas Harish Kumar, John Michael Cunha and Basavaraj Andanagouda Patil.
They were appointed from the district judges category for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume charge.
The first three judges are the district principal and sessions judges while Cunha is Registrar General of Karnataka HC. He was also a judge for special court. Patil is Registrar (Vigilance) of the HC.
The judges are likely to take charge next week. The vacancy of judges in the state has now fallen to 32. About 18 names, including eight from district judges category and 10 from the Bar, were recommended for appointment of judges