The Supreme Court Collegium on Tuesday, 21 September, recommended the transfer of seventeen judges across High Courts in India, the decision for which was taken at a Collegium meeting held on 16 September.
The Judges proposed for transfer are:
Justice Sabina – from Rajasthan High Court to Himachal Pradesh High Court
Justice AM Badar – from Kerala High Court to Patna High Court
Justice Vivek Agarwal – from Allahabad High Court to Madhya Pradesh High Court
Justice Ravi Nath Tilhari – from Allahabad High Court to Andhra Pradesh High Court
Justice Chandra Dhari Singh – from Allahabad High Court to Delhi High Court
Justice Anoop Chitkara – from Himachal Pradesh High Court to Punjab and Haryana High Court
Justice Yashwant Varma – from Allahabad High Court to Delhi High Court
Justice TS Sivagnanam – from Madras High Court to Calcutta High Court
Justice Manindra Mohan Shrivastava – from Chattisgarh High Court to Rajasthan High Court
Justice Arindam Sinha – from Calcutta High Court to Orissa High Court
Justice Ujjal Bhuyan – from Bombay High Court to Telangana High Court
Justice Jaswant Singh – from Punjab and Haryana High Court to Orissa High Court
Justice MSS Ramachandra Rao – from Telangana High Court to Punjab and Haryana High Court
Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah – from Patna High Court to Andhra Pradesh High Court
Justice Sanjaya Kumar Mishra – from Orissa High Court to Uttarakhand High Court
Justice Soumen Sen – from Calcutta High Court to Orissa High Court
Justice Paresh R Upadhyay – from Gujarat High Court to Madras High Court
The Supreme Court Collegium also recommended new Chief Justices for 13 high courts across the country.
While five of those are Chief Justices who will be transferred from other high courts, eight are puisne judges who will be elevated as Chief Justices, Bar and Bench reported.
Chief Justices recommended for transfer to other HCs:
Justice Akil Kureshi, from Tripura to Rajasthan HC
Justice Indrajit Mahanty, from Rajasthan to Tripura HC
Justice Mohammad Rafiq, from Madhya Pradesh to Himachal Pradesh HC
Justice Arup Kumar Goswami, from Andhra Pradesh to Chhattisgarh HC
Justice Biswanath Somadder, from Meghalaya to Sikkim HC
The eight puisine judges recommended for appointment to various High Courts as Chief Justices:
Justice Rajesh Bindal, Allahabad High Court
Justice Prakash Shrivastava, Calcutta High Court
Justice PK Mishra, Andhra Pradesh High Court
Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Karnataka High Court
Justice Satish Chandra Sharma, Telangana High Court
Justice Aravind Kumar, Gujarat High Court
Justice RV Malimath, Madhya Pradesh High Court
Justice Ranjit V More, Meghalaya High Court
The recommendations come just a month after the Collegium had recommended nine judges, including three women judges, for appointment to the Supreme Court.
The recommendations were cleared by the central government within a week, taking the working strength of the Supreme Court from 24 to 33, just one short of its sanctioned strength of 34.
Moreover, between 8 August and 1 September, the apex court collegium had processed over 100 names recommended by various high courts and had finally sent 68 names to the government for appointment as judges to 12 high courts.
As per sources, however, the government is yet to take a call on the recommendations, on appointing a total of 68 judicial officers and advocates as judges of various high courts, Indian Express reported.
(With inputs from Bar & Bench and The Indian Express)
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