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Supreme Court: The bench of Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, JJ  has dismissed a plea by a district judge challenging the appointment of a ‘junior’ judicial officer as an additional judge of the Karnataka High Court and seeking a stay on his swearing-in contending that it breaches the seniority rule.

The bench took up the matter through video conferencing at 10 am, just half an hour before the scheduled swearing-in of judicial officer Padmaraj N Desai as an additional judge of the Karnataka High Court and dismissed it saying the Court cannot entertain such plea at the eleventh hour. The Court said that it generally does not interfere with the President’s order on appointment of judges at the eleventh hour.

Shivamogga principal district judge RKGMM Mahaswamiji has challenged the appointment of judicial officer Padmaraj N Desai as additional judge of the Karnataka High Court on the ground of seniority. The plea of Mahaswamiji said,

“It is a case of superseding/passing over of a senior District judge (who was appointed on February 25, 2008, under reserve category ie., schedule caste) by junior district judge and recommendation of Respondent No. 11 (P N Desai) by the collegium of Karnataka High Court is unlawful, arbitrary, and in clear violation of statutory rules / administrative instructions contained in the official memorandum dated October 9, 1985, and involved bias of malafide and it clearly violated the functional rights guaranteed to the Petitioner under Articles 14 and 16 of the Indian Constitution.”

He had said that if the interim relief of staying the swearing-in ceremony of judicial officer Padmaraj N Desai as an additional judge of Karnataka High Court is not granted then the purpose of the petition will be defeated and it may cause failure of complete justice and clear infraction of fundamental rights guaranteed to the petitioner under Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution.

According to the notification issued by the registrar general of the Karnataka High Court, Justice Shivashankar Amarannavar, Justice Makkimane G Uma, Justice Vedavyasachar Srishananda, Justice Hanchate Sanjeevkumar and Justice Padmaraj N Desai, were to take oath of additional judges of Karnataka High Court at 10.30 am.

(Source: PTI)

Appointments & TransfersNews

President appoints S/Shri (1) Shivashankar Amarannavar, (2) Smt. Makkimane Ganeshaiah Uma, (3) Vedavyasachar Srishananda, (4) Hanchate Sanjeevkumar, and (5) Padmaraj Nemachandra Desai, to be Additional Judges of the Karnataka High Court, in that order of seniority, for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices.


Ministry of Law and Justice

[Notification dt. 30-04-2020]

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Collegium Statement

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

  1. Shri Shivashankar Amarannavar,
  2. Smt. M. Ganeshaiah Uma,
  3. Shri Vedavyasachar Srishananda,
  4. Shri Hanchate Sanjeevkumar, and
  5. Shri Padmaraj Nemachandra Desai.


Supreme Court of India

[Collegium Statement dt. 20-04-2020]

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President appoints the following Additional Judges to be Judges of Karnataka High Court with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices.:

(i) Mohammad Nawaz,

(ii) Harekoppa Thimmanna Gowda Narendra Prasad,

(iii) Ashok Golappa Nijagannavar,

(iv) Hethur Puttaswamygowda Sandesh, and

(v) Krishnan Natarajan 


Ministry of Law and Justice

[Notification dt. 21-02-2020]

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The Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on 05-02-2020 approved the proposal for appointment of following five Additional Judges of Karnataka High Court as Permanent Judges of that High Court:

1. Shri Justice Mohammad Nawaz,
2. Shri Justice H.T. Gowda Narendra Prasad,
3. Shri Justice Ashok G. Nijagannavar,
4. Shri Justice Hethur P. Sandesh, and
5. Shri Justice Krishnan Natarajan


[Collegium Statement dt. 05-02-2020]

Supreme Court of India

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Appointment of Additional Judges as Judges of Karnataka High Court

President is pleased to appoint S/Shri Justices:

(1) Dixit Krishna Shripad,

(2) Shankar Ganapathi Pandit,

(3) Ramakrishna Devdas

(4) Bhotanhosur Mallikarjuna Shyam Prasad,

(5) Siddappa Sunil Dutt Yadav,

Additional Judges to be Judges of the Karnataka High Court with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices.


Ministry of Law and Justice

[Notification dt. 02-01-2020]

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Order of Appointment of 4 Additional Judges of the Karnataka High Court

President is pleased to appoint the following four to be the Additional Judges of the Karnataka High Court in the order of seniority for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume of their respective offices:

  • Singapuram Raghavachar Krishna Kumar
  • Ashok Subhashchandra Kinagi
  • Suraj Govindaraj 
  • Sachin Shankar Magadum

Ministry of Law and Justice

[Notification dt. 19-09-2019]

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Collegium comprising of Ranjan Gogoi, CJ and S.A. Bobde and N.V. Ramana, JJ., recommends the appointment of Justice A.S. Oka as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.

Mr Justice A.S. Oka is the senior-most Judge from Bombay High Court and is functioning in that High Court since his elevation. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium finds Mr Justice A.S. Oka suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court. The Collegium resolves to recommend accordingly.

While making the above recommendation the Collegium is conscious of the fact that consequent upon the proposed appointment, there will be two Chief Justices from Bombay High Court which is the second largest High Court in the country with a sanctioned strength of 94 Judges.

[Dated: 08-04-2019]

Collegium Resolutions

Supreme Court of India

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Proposal for the appointment of Dr. (Smt.) Shashikala Moody Anandappa Urankar, Judicial Officer as Judge of the Karnataka High Court.

On the basis of material on record and having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium comprising of Ranjan Gogoi, CJ and S.A. Bobde and N.V. Ramana, JJ.,  is of the considered view that the proposal for the elevation of Dr. (Smt.) Shashikala Moody Anandappa Urankar, Judicial Officer, deserves to be remitted to the Karnataka High Court. The Collegium resolves to recommend accordingly.

[Notification dt. 01-04-2019]

Collegium Resolutions

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The President in  exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of  Article 224 of the Constitution of India, appointed S/Shri Mohammad Nawaz and Harekoppa Thimmanna Gowda Narendra Prasad, to be Additional Judges of the Karnataka High Court, in that order of seniority,  for a period of two years with from the date they assume charge of their respective offices.

Ministry  of Law and Justice

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The President in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 222 of the Constitution of India, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, transferred Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court, as the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court and directed him to assume charge of the office of the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court on or before 20th February, 2018.

Ministry  of Law and Justice

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The  President in  exercise   of  the  powers  conferred   by  clause  (1)  of  Article  224  of  the Constitution   of  India,   appointed   S/Shri   (i) Dixit  Krishna Shripad,  (ii)  Shankar   Ganapathi   Pandit,  (iii)  Ramakrishna   Devdas   (iv)  Bhotanhosur Mallikarjuna   Shyam  Prasad,   and  (v) Siddappa   Sunil  Dutt  Yadav,  to  be  Additional Judges  of  the  Karnataka   High  Court,  in that  order  of  seniority,   for  a period  of two years with effect  from the date they assume  charge  of their offices.

Ministry   of Law  and  Justice