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Supreme Court, High Court judges to get almost 200% salary hike

31 January 2018

Also the CJI's monthly sumptuary allowance has been hiked from Rs20,000 to Rs45,000, and that of other Apex Court judges and chief justices of High Courts from Rs15,000 to Rs34,000, and that of the High Court judges from Rs12,000 to Rs27,000.

Justice Shukla was also heading the High Court Division Bench which passed an order on August 25, 2017 in the case of another banned medical college of Lucknow-based Prasad Education Trust, which led to a scandal that sent shock waves across the judiciary and compelled the CJI to re-affirm his authority as the master of the roster. But as his order instituting the inquiry explicitly stated that "A fair and proper inquiry will reassure the parties that justice will be done to them and the public at large will be confident that the outcome of the inquiry will be just and reasonable", it is believed that this report could be made public or at least shared with other judges of the Supreme Court. The 24 high courts have an approved strength of 1,079, but 682 judges are handling work now.

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Highly-placed sources from Lucknow told this newspaper that judicial work was not assigned to Justice Shukla from January 23 following the directions of the Chief Justice Misra, to whom the probe panel submitted its report.

The inquiry committee said Justice Shukla had "disgraced the values of judicial life, acted in a manner unbecoming of a judge", lowered the "majesty, dignity and credibility of his office" and acted in breach of his oath of office.

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The chief justice of India will now get a monthly salary of Rs2.80 lakh, up from the present Rs1 lakh.

His orders in cases of blacklisted private medical colleges in Lucknow had come under the CJI Bench's scanner previous year. Shukla joined the Allahabad High Court in 2005 and was set to retire in July 2020.

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Finally, on September 18, a bench of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice refused to grant approval for renewal of recognition of the colleges in the MCI case for the academic session 2017-18. Justice J. Chelameswar took upon himself the task of setting up a five-judge bench to probe a similar matter filed by advocate Kamini Jaiswal.

Supreme Court, High Court judges to get almost 200% salary hike