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More lawyers on SC bench radar

New Delhi, May 17: Senior counsel U. Uday Lalit and L. Nageswara Rao are reportedly being considered for elevation as judges to the Supreme Court, but no final decision has been taken as the two are yet to give their consent.

Sources refused to confirm whether they had given their consent or not.

Lalit, when contacted by The Telegraph, refused to entertain any question on the subject. “Please don’t ask me any question on the subject.”

Rao, one of the additional solicitors-general, was not available for comment.

The apex court collegium, headed by the chief justice, had recently sent the names of two former solicitors-general — Rohinton Nariman and Gopal Subramanium — to the Centre for their elevation.

Highly placed sources said there was an urgent need to fill up at least eight vacancies that would arise in the court by the end of this year since as many judges, including Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, would retire.

Justice Lodha, who retires in September, is said to have personally picked the names of the four senior lawyers — Nariman, Subramanium, Lalit and Rao. The first two have already given their consent.

The collegium is also said to have discussed the names of various high court chief justices for elevation. But the names are being kept under wraps.

At the last meeting, the collegium had cleared the name of Calcutta High Court Chief Justice Arun Kumar Mishra .