305 judges facing charges, 17 removed, 75 prematurely retired

New Delhi: As many as 305 judicial officers of the rank of District judge/Chief Judicial Magistrate serving in various courts of the country are facing departmental enquiries for misconduct during the period between April 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011.

Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 44, followed by Rajasthan (42), Maharashtra (31), J&K(23), Gujarat(22) and Andhra Pradesh (15).

Similarly, 17 judicial officers have either been discharged/ discontinued from service during or at the end of the period for misconduct.

In all 75 judicial officers of the said rank have been prematurely retired on account of various charges, according to the data furnished on Friday by the Supreme Court.

Major penalties were slapped against 38 Judicial Officers while minor penalties have been imposed on 35 others.