‘Merit-cum-Seniority’ is Not Comparative Merit: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court (SC) upheld the recommendations made by the Gujarat High Court (GHC), to give 65% promotion quota to Senior Civil District Judges on the basis of merit-cum-seniority principle. The SC found no fault in the promotion process adopted by the GHC as they satisfied the twin requirements stipulated in the All India Judges Association case – (i) the objective assessment of legal knowledge of the judicial officer including adequate knowledge of case law, (ii) the evaluation of continued efficiency of the individual candidate.