New Chief Justices appointment for five High Courts

Team SoOLEGAL 7 Feb 2018 10:20am

New Chief Justices appointment for five High Courts

The Central Government has notified the appointment of new Chief Justices to the HC of Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, and Tripura, following recommendations made to this effect by the Supreme Court Collegium a few days back.

Justice Abhilasha Kumari of the Gujarat HC has been appointed as the Chief Justice of the Manipur HC, with effect from the date she assumes charge of the office.

Justice Tarun Agarwala of the Allahabad HC has been appointed Chief Justice of the Meghalaya HC, with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.

He replaces Justice Dinesh Maheshwariwho has been transferred to the post of Chief Justice of the Karnataka HC and is expected to assume office on or before February 20, 2018.

Justice Maheshwari replaces Acting Chief Justice HG Ramesh, who was appointed to the post in October last year. The appointment of Justice Maheshwari denotes a departure from convention, in that he will be superseding Justice Ramesh, who features higher on the seniority list.

In another noted departure, hitherto Acting Chief Justice Antony Dominic, has been appointed as the Chief Justice to the Kerala HC, which is also his parent HC. The Supreme Court Collegium had summarised the reason for his appointment thus:

It is made clear that the Collegium while making the above recommendation is conscious of the fact that Mr. Justice Antony Dominic hails from Kerala HC and is due to retire in May this year. In this connection, the Collegium has invoked the provision of the Memorandum of Procedure which provides for the elevation of a puisne Judge as Chief Justice in his own High Court if he has one year or less to retire.”

Justice Ajay Rastogi of the Rajasthan HC will be taking over as Chief Justice of the Tripura HC, replacing Chief Justice T Vaiphei, who is set to retire soon.

The Centre is yet to approve five other recommendations made by the Collegium. These include the appointments of Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya as Chief Justice of the Calcutta HC, Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi as CJ of the Chhattisgarh High Court, Justice Aniruddha Bose as Chief Justice of the Delhi HC, Justice Surya Kant as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh HC and Justice TB Radhakrishnan as Chief Justice of the Telangana & Andhra Pradesh HC.

Tagged: New Chief Justices   Justice Abhilasha Kumari    Justice Tarun Agarwala   Justice Dinesh Maheshwari   Justice HG Ramesh   Justice Antony Dominic  
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