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Supreme Court Collegium has recommended transfer/repatriation of Judges of High Courts, as mentioned below:

S. No.

Name of the Judge

 

S/Shri Justice

Present HC

HC where transferred or repatriated

1. Ahsanuddin Amanullah Andhra Pradesh

 

Patna
2. Chitta Ranjan Dash Orissa Calcutta
3. Subhasis Talapatra Tripura Orissa
4. Lanusungkum Jamir

 

Manipur Gauhati
5. Dhiraj Singh Thakur

 

Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh Bombay
6. Purushaindra Kumar Kaurav

 

Madhya Pradesh Delhi

Supreme Court Collegium

Kerala High Court
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Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for the appointment of the following Additional Judges of the Kerala High Court as Permanent Judges of that High Court:

1. Shri Justice Murali Purushothaman,

2. Shri Justice Ziyad Rahman A.A.,

3. Shri Justice Karunakaran Babu, and

4. Dr. Justice Kauser Edappagath.


Supreme Court of India

[Collegium Statement dt. 10-5-2022]

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The Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for the appointment of the following Additional Judges of Calcutta High Court as Permanent Judges of that High Court:

1. Ms Justice Kesang Doma Bhutia,

2. Shri Justice Rabindranath Samanta,

3. Shri Justice Sugato Majumdar,

4. Shri Justice Bivas Pattanayak, and

5. Shri Justice Ananda Kumar Mukherjee


Supreme Court of India

[Collegium Statement Dt. 19-4-2022]

Case BriefsHigh Courts

Delhi High Court: In a matter wherein, details were sought with regard to Supreme Court Collegium meeting held on 12-12-2018, Yashwant Varma, J., expressed that, newspaper reports are of no evidentiary value and Courts would be clearly transgressing their well-settled limitation if cognizance were to be taken of such unsubstantiated and unverified reports.

Petitioner challenged the order passed by the Central Information Commission on a second appeal which was preferred. The appeal itself was directed against a response which was preferred by the competent authority for the petitioner being provided the minutes and the resolution of the meeting of the Supreme Court Collegium stated to have been held on 12-12-2018.

Chief Information Commissioner held that in the absence of any resolution being passed, the petitioner had been correctly advised that in the absence of available information, no disclosure could possibly be made.

High Court’s attention was drawn to certain newspaper reports that reported certain statements to have been made by one of the member of the Collegium who was reported to have stated that certain decisions were, taken and had expressed disappointment that the same had not been uploaded.

The collegium, undisputedly, is a multi-member body whose decisions stand embodied in resolutions that may be ultimately drawn and signed. The disclosures made by the respondents when read carefully seem to indicate that no resolution with respect to the agenda items was drawn by members who constituted the Collegium on 12 December 2018.  

Further, it was observed that a “decision” taken by the collegium would necessarily have to be embodied in a “resolution” which is ultimately framed and signed by the members of that collective body.

That resolution alone would represent the collective decision taken or the majoritarian view which prevailed and was adopted.

The Bench stated that in the absence of any formal resolution coming to be adopted and signed by the members of the Collegium, the respondents rightly took the position that there was absence of material that was liable to be disclosed. [Anjali Bhardwaj v. CPIO, Supreme Court of India, 2022 SCC OnLine Del 905, decided on 30-3-2022]


Advocates before the Court:

For the Petitioner:

Mr. Prashant Bhushan and Mr. Rahul Gupta, Advs.

For the Respondent:

None

Appointments & TransfersNews

Supreme Court Collegium recommends the transfer of Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari, Allahabad High Court to Madras High Court.


Collegium Statement

Supreme Court of India

Patna High Court
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Elevation of 6 Advocates as Judges


Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for the elevation of the following Advocates as Judges in the Patna High Court:

1. Shri Khatim Reza,

2. Shri Sandeep Kumar,

3. Dr. Anshuman Pandey,

4. Shri Purnendu Singh,

5. Shri Satyavrat Verma, and

6. Shri Rajesh Kumar Verma.


Collegium Statement dt. 23-9-2021

Supreme Court of India

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Recommendation for transfer of following Chief Justices


S. No. Name of the Judge High Court From High Court To
1. A.A. Kureshi [PHC: Gujarat] Tripura Rajasthan
2. Indrajit Mahanty [PHC: Orissa] Rajasthan Tripura
3. Mohammad Rafiq [PHC: Rajasthan] Madhya Pradesh Himachal Pradesh
4. Biswanath Somadder Meghalaya Sikkim
5. A.K. Goswami [PHC: Gauhati] Andhra Pradesh Chhattisgarh

Collegium Resolution

Supreme Court of India

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Elevation of 8 Judges as Chief Justices of High Courts


S. No. Name of the Judge Present High Court High Court where appointed as Chief Justice
1. Rajesh Bindal [PHC: Punjab and Haryana High Court] Calcutta Allahabad
2. Ranjit V. More [PHC: Bombay] Meghalaya Meghalaya
3. Satish Chandra Sharma [PHC: Madhya Pradesh] Karnataka Telangana
4. Prakash Srivastava Madhya Pradesh Calcutta
5. R.V. Malimath [PHC: Karnataka Himachal Pradesh Madhya Pradesh
6. Ritu Raj Awasthi Allahabad Karnataka
7. Aravind Kumar Karnataka Gujarat
8. Prashant Kumar Mishra Chhattisgarh Andhra Pradesh

Collegium Resolution

Supreme Court of India

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Supreme Court Collegium


Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for the appointment of Shri Justice Kausik Chanda, Additional Judge of the Calcutta High Court as Permanent Judge of that High Court.


Supreme Court of India

[Statement dt. 17-08-2021]

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Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for the appointment of following Additional Judges of the Karnataka High Court as Permanent Judges of that High Court:

1. Justice Neranahalli Srinivasan Sanjay Gowda,

2. Justice Jyoti Mulimani,

3. Justice Nataraj Rangaswamy,

4. Justice Hemant Chandangoudar,

5. Justice Pradeep Singh Yerur, and

6. Justice Maheshan Nagaprasanna


Supreme Court of India

[Statement dt. 17-08-2021]

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Collegium Statement


Supreme Court Collegium has recommended elevation of the following Chief Justices / Judges of the High Courts and a Bar member, as Judges in the Supreme Court:

1. Justice A.S. Oka, Chief Justice, Karnataka High Court

2. Justice Vikram Nath, Chief Justice, Gujarat High Court

3. Justice J.K. Maheshwari, Chief Justice, Sikkim High Court

4. Justice Hima Kohli, Chief Justice, Telangana High Court

5. Justice B.V. Nagarathna, Judge, Karnataka High Court

6.  Justice C.T. Ravikumar, Judge, Kerala High Court

7. Justice M.M. Sundresh, Judge, Madras High Court

8. Justice Bela M. Trivedi, Judge, Gujarat High Court, and

9. P.S. Narasimha, Senior Advocate.


Supreme Court of India

[Statement dt. 17-08-2021]

Case BriefsSupreme Court

Supreme Court: Taking note of the existing 220 vacancies in the High Courts, the 3-judge bench of SA Bobe, CJ and SK Kaul and Surya Kant, JJ stressed upon the importance of the Chief Justices of the High Courts making recommendations in time and said that there is no such impediment to initiate a new process without waiting for the result of the earlier recommendations.

The Court noted that the vacancies are known and the norms permit making recommendations up to six months in advance. However, even recommendations for 220 existing vacancies appear not to have been made much less for vacancies, which are going to arise in the next six months.

We, thus, once again, emphasise the requirement and desirability of the Chief Justices of the High Courts, who will make endeavour to recommend vacancies as early as possible even if they are not made at one go. We may add that even in the earlier orders we have noted the apparent hesitation of some High Courts to recommend names when the earlier list(s) is in the pipeline. We have opined that there is no such impediment to initiate a new process without waiting for the result of the earlier recommendations.

The pendency at the end of the Government: 

  • 45 names recommended from the High Courts pending with the Government for more than six months reached the Collegium in the last couple of weeks.
  • 10 recommendations from the list of old proposals in pipeline pending with the Government of India for considerable period of time.

“On the last date of hearing, the learned Attorney General had made a statement that a decision would be taken in this behalf within the next three months.”

  • 6 names reiterated by the Supreme Court Collegium a second time, are also awaiting appointment.

While the Attorney General KK Venugopal did not differ with the requirement of time bound schedule for filling the vacancies at every stage, he emphasised that the trigger for filling up of the vacancies is the recommendations made by the Chief Justices of the High Courts.

However, once the recommendations are made, there are two stages at which the matter rests with the Government – the first when the Ministry processes the names; and the second post the Collegium of the Supreme Court taking a call in recommending such of the names as are approved by the Collegium.

Insofar as the Judiciary is concerned, the second stage after the recommendations are made by the Collegium of the High Courts is the time period taken by the Collegium of the Supreme Court in consulting the consultee Judge(s) to take a call on those names.

As per the Memorandum of Procedure finalised by the Supreme Court Collegium on 10.3.2017:

  1. States may take not more than six weeks to send their views.
  2. The Central Government can presume no objection of the State Government, if their views are not received within six weeks.
  3. No timeline prescribed for the Central Government to forward recommendations.
  4. The Chief Justice of India to send recommendations/advise to the Law Minister within four weeks.
  5. The Law Minister to put up the proposal to the Prime Minister within three weeks for advise of the President.

In order to facilitate timely appointment, the Court advised to follow the following timelines in addition to the aforesaid:

i. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) should submit its report/inputs within 4 to 6 weeks from the date of recommendation of the High Court Collegium, to the Central Government.

ii. It would be desirable that the Central Government forward the file(s)/recommendations to the Supreme Court within 8 to 12 weeks from the date of receipt of views from the State Government and the report/input from the IB.

iii. It would be for the Government to thereafter proceed to make the appointment immediately on the aforesaid consideration and undoubtedly if Government has any reservations on suitability or in public interest, within the same period of time it may be sent back to the Supreme Court Collegium with the specific reasons for reservation recorded.

iv. If the Supreme Court Collegium after consideration of the aforesaid inputs still reiterates the recommendation(s) unanimously, such appointment should be processed and appointment should be made within 3 to 4 weeks.

[PLR Projects Pvt. Ltd v. Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd., 2021 SCC OnLine SC 332, order dated 20.04.2021]

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Collegium Statement

Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for elevation of the following Advocates as Judges in the High Courts:

High Courts

Name

Madhya Pradesh

·       Dr Vivek Sharan

·      Nidhi Patankar

·       Pranay Verma

Punjab and Haryana ·       Shri Vikas Bahl
Jammu and Kashmir

·      Shri Rahul Bharti


Supreme Court of India

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Collegium Statement

Supreme Court collegium reiterates its recommendations for the elevation of the following Advocates as Judges in High Courts:

High Courts

Name

Kerala Shri Viju Abraham
Kerala Shri Mohammed Nias C.P. and Shri Paul K.K.
Karnataka Nagendra Ramachandra Naik
Himachal Pradesh Shri Satyen Vaidya

Supreme Court of India

Kerala High Court
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Collegium Statement

Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for elevation of Shri A. Badharudeen, Judicial Officer as Judge of the Kerala High Court.

 

 

 


Supreme Court of India

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Collegium Statement

On 5th March 2021, Supreme Court Collegium approved the proposal for the appointment of the following Additional Judges as Permanent Judges of Allahabad High Court:

  1. Shri Justice Ali Zamin,
  2. Shri Justice Vipin Chandra Dixit,
  3. Shri Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav,
  4. Shri Justice Ravi Nath Tilhari,
  5. Shri Justice Deepak Verma,
  6. Shri Justice Gautam Chowdhary,
  7. Shri Justice Shamim Ahmed,
  8. Shri Justice Dinesh Pathak,
  9. Shri Justice Manish Kumar, and
  10. Shri Justice Samit Gopal.

Supreme Court of India

Appointments & TransfersNews

Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for elevation of the following Judicial Officers as Judges of the Calcutta High Court:

1. Kesang Doma Bhutia,

2. Rabindranath Samanta,

3. Sugato Majumdar,

4. Ananya Bandyopadhyay,

5. Rai Chattopadhyay,

6. Bivas Pattanayak,

7. Subhendu Samanta, and

8.  Ananda Kumar Mukherjee.


Supreme Court of India

[Statement dt. 04-02-2021]

Gauhati High Court
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Collegium Resolution

The Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for appointment of Justice Manish Choudhury, Additional Judge of Gauhati High Court as Permanent Judge of that High Court.


Supreme Court Collegium

[Collegium Resolution dt. 15-10-2020]

Gauhati High Court
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Collegium Resolution

Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for appointment of following Additional Judges of Gauhati High Court as Permanent Judges of that High Court:

1. Justice Sanjay Kumar Medhi, and

2. Justice Nani Tagia.


Supreme Court of India

[Collegium Resolution dt. 12-10-2020]

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Supreme Court Collegium approves the proposal for the elevation of Rajesh Kumar Bhardwaj, Advocate, as Judge of the Punjab & Haryana High Court.


Supreme Court of India

[Collegium Statement dt. 17-08-2020]