SC Collegium Recommends Appointments Of New Chief Justices In 5 High Courts [Read Statements]
The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the appointment of new Chief Justices in the High Courts of Madras, Madhya Pradesh, Patna, Meghalaya and Jharkhand.
Transfers of Chief Justices
Justice A P Sahi, the present Chief Justice of Patna High Court has been recommended to be made the Chief Justice of Madras High Court. The former Chief Justice V K Tahilramani had resigned in September protesting the proposal to transfer her to Meghalaya High Court.
Justice A K Mittal, CJ of Meghalaya HC is proposed to be transferred as the CJ of Madhya Pradesh High Court. Earlier, the Collegium had recommended Justice Akil Kureshi as the CJ of MP HC. This proposal was later modified to propose Justice Kureshi's appointment as CJ of Tripura HC, after communications from the Department of Justice.
Justice Mittal was earlier proposed to be appointed as the Chief Justice of Madras HC in place of Justice Tahilramani.
The present Chief Justice of Tripura HC, Justice Sanjay Karol, is proposed to be made the CJ of Patna HC.
Elevation as Chief Justices
The Collegium has also recommended the elevation of two High Court judges as Chief Justices.
Justice Muhammed Rafiq, presently judge of Rajasthan HC, has been recommended as the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court.
Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan, presently Patna HC judge, has been recommended as the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court. Jharkhand High Court has been functioning without a Chief Justice ever since the elevation of former CJ Justice Aniruddha Bose as Supreme Court judge last May. Justice Prashant Kumar, who was made the Acting Chief Justice of Jharkhand HC, had passed away on August 30.
Surprisingly, the Supreme Court website now contains statements of Collegium decision, in departure from the earlier practice of uploading resolutions of Collegium meetings.
Read Statement of transfers of CJs
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