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Central Govt notifies appointment of Justice Dave as Acting CJ of Gujarat HC

Team SoOLEGAL 14 Nov 2018 5:45pm

Central Govt notifies appointment of Justice Dave as Acting CJ of Gujarat HC

The Centre today notified the appointment of Justice AS Dave as the Acting Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court following the transfer of Acting Chief Justice AA Kureshi.

The move comes just a day after the President of Gujarat High Court Advocates Association (GHCAA), Yatin Oza called off the strike – being observed by the members of the Gujarat Bar to protest against the transfer of Justice Kureshi.

The office of Chief Justice of the Gujarat HC had fallen vacant consequent upon the appointment of Justice Subhash Reddy as the SC judge earlier this month. Following this, Justice AA Qureshi, the next senior-most judge of the Gujarat HC was expected to be appointed as the Chief Justice of the court.

However, the sudden transfer of Justice Kureshi to the High Court of Bombay, coupled with a notification issued by Central Government appointing Justice AS Dave as the Acting Chief Justice all on the same day, left many confused. Justice Kureshi’s transfer had been alleged to be a result of the unfavorable orders he had passed against leaders of ruling dispensation.

The news of Justice Kureshi to the Bombay HC was followed by an uproar among the Gujarat Bar Members, which led the Central Government issue another notification thereafter, intimating Justice Kureshi to be tasked the duties of Acting Chief Justice of the Gujarat HC until he takes up office at the Bombay HC on or before November 15.

Reportedly, the Collegium had also intended for Justice Kureshi to take up the office of the Acting Chief Justice before his transfer to the Bombay HC, but made a mistake by not appointing him as the Acting CJ of the Gujarat HC. And, the Centre had issued a notification appointing Justice Dave as the acting CJ of that court. To correct Centre mistake, CJI Gogoi wrote to the government to issue a clarificatory notification regarding the same immediately. 

Tagged: Appointment of Judges   Judicial Appointments   Justice AA Kureshi   Justice AS Dave   Acting Chief Justice of Gujarat HC   Gujarat HC   SC Collegium   Central Government   Bombay HC  
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