Indira Banerjee recommended for elevation to SC

The Madras High Court will shortly get a new Chief Justice in Justice V.K. Tahilramani with the incumbent, Justice Indira Banerjee, being recommended by the Supreme Court collegium for appointment to the top court.

The note released by the collegium, led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, observed that with Justice Banerjee recommended for the Supreme Court, there is a need to fill the vacancy for the top judge in the Madras High Court. The collegium has thus found Justice Tahilramani “suitable in all respects” to take over from Justice Banerjee.

Meanwhile, the collegium recommended Patna Chief Justice Rajendra Menon to take over as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. The acting Chief Justice, Justice Gita Mittal, has been recommended for appointment as the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, a post that has been lying vacant since the retirement of its last Chief Justice, B.D. Ahmed, on March 15, 2018. Justice Mittal has been acting Chief Justice of the Delhi HC since April 2017.

The collegium mentioned that it had earlier recommended Justice Aniruddha Bose of the Calcutta High Court as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. However, the government had sought a review.

Now, on the basis of this request, the collegium has recommended Justice Bose for appointment as Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court, instead of the Delhi High Court.

It recommended the acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, Justice Hrishikesh Roy, to be appointed the Chief Justice in Delhi.

It further recommended Justice K.S. Jhaveri of the Gujarat High Court to be appointed Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court as incumbent Orissa Chief Justice Vineet Saran has been recommended for appointment to the Supreme Court.

The collegium also recommended Justice M.R. Shah, of the Gujarat High Court, to be appointed as Chief Justice of the Patna High Court.

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