The Central government on Wednesday notified the appointment of Punjab and Haryana High Court judge, Justice Surya Kant as the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.
The Supreme Court collegium had made the recommendation for his appointment in January this year. While making the recommendation, the collegium had clarified that it had also considered the name of Justice A.K. Mittal, who hails from the same high court and is senior to Justice Surya Kant.
“Though Mr. Justice A.K. Mittal is senior to Mr. Justice Surya Kant in the seniority of Judges of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, having regard to all relevant factors and since we consider Mr. Justice Surya Kant more suitable than Mr. Justice A.K. Mittal, we are not recommending name of the latter, for the present, for appointment as Chief Justice,” the collegium had noted.