The Supreme Court collegium has recommended the names of three advocates and two judicial officers for appointment as judges of Kerala High Court. The collegium has recommended advocates V.G. Arun, N. Nagaresh, and P.V. Kunhikrishnan and judicial officers T.V. Anilkumar and N. Anil Kumar as Kerala High Court judges.
The Kerala High Court collegium had recommended the names of seven lawyers for appointment as judges on March 7. The Supreme Court collegium after considering the recommendation and interacting with the seven candidates decided that the proposal for appointment of S. Ramesh, Viju Abraham, and George Varghese should be deferred.
The collegium comprising of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph did not recommend the name of Advocate P. Gopal, as his average net professional annual income for the preceding five years was less than the prescribed income limit applicable in case of Bar members.
The collegium, therefore, cleared the names of the remaining three—V.G. Arun, N. Nagaresh and P.V. Kunhikrishnan.
Regarding the judicial officers, the High Court collegium had recommended two names both of which were cleared by the Supreme Court collegium.