Dr. Justice D.Y Chandrachud, CJI, administered oath to Justice Sandeep Mehta on 9-11-2023.
Following a meticulous assessment of the qualifications, the Collegium on 06-11-2023, recommended the names of the Justice Satish Chandra Sharma, Justice Augustine George Masih, and Justice Sandeep Mehta, Chief Justices of High Courts of Delhi, Rajasthan and Gauhati respectively, to be elevated as Judges of the Supreme Court.
The Collegium recommended the names considering the judicial track record of the Judges vis-à-vis disposal of cases and their competency, character and integrity.
Justice Chowdhury who is currently serving as an Additional Judge of Calcutta High Court, is due to retire on 27-12-2023.
The Supreme Court Collegium had recommended the name of Justice Mridul as the next Chief Justice of Manipur High Court in July 2023; however, the recommendation was pending before the Ministry of Law and Justice for approval.
The Collegium thoroughly scrutinized the recommended names on basis of the reports sent by the respective High Court Collegiums and material placed on record by the Department of Justice.
Justice Ravi Shanker Jha began his legal journey by serving Madhya Pradesh High Court initially as an advocate and later as a Judge. He is set to retire on 13-10-2023 as 65th Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court after his elevation to the post in 2019.
Justice Muralidharan, who is currently serving as the Acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court, had requested that he should be transferred to either his parent High Court or be permitted to continue in the High Court of Manipur.
The recommendations were made by the Collegium keeping in mind the integrity, qualifications and experience of the judicial officers and advocates.
The Collegium had earlier (03-08-2023) proposed to transfer Justice Jhingan to Gujarat High Court, however, the proposal was pending before the Government since 11-08-2023.
The Collegium recommended names of 7 Judges for Allahabad High Court and 11 Judges for Punjab and Haryana High Court.
A recap of the Resolutions passed by the Supreme Court Collegium in August 2023 to appoint and transfer High Court Judges for better administration of justice and to address the issue of judicial vacancies.
The Collegium recommended names of 7 Judges who are to be appointed as Permanent Judges in their respective High Courts, with exception to Justice S. Rachaiah, whose name was recommended for appointment as Additional Judge of Karnataka High Court for fresh term of 1 year.
Collegium of Kerala High Court unanimously recommended Justice Sudha’s name which was duly approved by the Supreme Court Collegium.
The Collegium on 16-08-2023 reiterated its proposal dated 10-08-2023 to transfer Justice Bhatnagar to Rajasthan High Court.
In its Resolution dated 17-08-2023, the Collegium recommended the names of the judicial officers and advocates to be appointed as Judges in High Courts of Gauhati and Orissa.
Justice Sudhir Singh’s transfer from Patna to Punjab and Haryana High Court was originally proposed by the Collegium on 03-08-2023.
Recommendation to transfer 14 High Court Judges was came on 10-08-2023. Earlier on 03-08-2023, the Collegium resolved to transfer 9 Judges. Thus, between these 2 dates, a total of 23 High Court Judges have been recommended for transfer.
Collegium cited better administration of justice as being the reason for transfer of 9 High Court Judges.
Justice Subhasis Talapatra, former judge of the High Court of Tripura, was sworn in as 33rd Chief Justice of the High Court of Orissa on 08-08-2023 upon superannuation of his predecessor Dr. Justice S. Muralidhar.