Salary for the CJI at Rs 2.8 lakh per month is kept a little above what the Cabinet Secretary gets.
The Government has now accepted the proposal for enhancing the emoluments paid to Judges of not only the Apex Court but also of all the High Courts.
Upon acceptance of this proposal sent by the Supreme Court itself the salaries of the Judges would be commensurate to the recent hike in pay for Central Government officers.
Amongst the Judges the highest-paid functionary is Chief Justice of India (CJI) with his current monthly emoluments at Rs 1 lakh, apart from dearness and other allowances.
Now on it is likely to get a raise to Rs 2.8 lakh, in addition to perks such as official residence, cars, staff and other allowances.
The salaries of the Chief Justices of HCs and SC judges has been pegged at Rs 2.5 lakh per month, in addition to allowances.
Salary of an HC Judges has been capped at Rs 2.25 lakh a month, similar to that of secretary-level officers in the Government.
Supreme Court Committee had interestingly recommended a salary of over Rs 3 lakh per month for the CJI, besides other perks but this did not find favour with the Govt.
A higher pension benefit for retiring judges is also recommended.
All this has been done to bring Judge’s Salaries to the Seventh Pay Commission level.
The recommendations of Three Judges Committee were submitted soon after the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations last year.
All changes in Higher Judiciary salary and service condition needs to be passed by the Parliament.
On the lines of the hikes given to senior government functionaries the salaries of judges of the High Courts and the Supreme Court are revised every 10 years.
With inputs from TOI.