Govt appoints chief justices of six HCs

The Madras High Court's chief justice Indira Banerjee has been elevated as a Supreme Court judge. This is the first time that the Supreme Court, which already has Justice R Banumathi and Justice Indu Malhotra, will have three woman judges. File photo

The Centre has appointed chief justices of Delhi, Madras, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, Patna and Gujarat High Courts.

The Madras High Court's chief justice Indira Banerjee has been elevated as a Supreme Court judge. This is the first time that the Supreme Court, which already has Justice R Banumathi and Justice Indu Malhotra, will have three woman judges.

Justice Gita Mittal, who was so far an acting chief justice of Delhi High Court, has been appointed as the first woman chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Justice M R Shah, a judge of the Gujarat High Court, has been appointed as chief justice of Patna High Court on the basis of the recommendation made by the Supreme Court Collegium headed by CJI Dipak Misra.

Acting chief justice of Kerala High Court, Hrishikesh Roy has been asked to assume the charge as chief justice of the same high court. Justice Rajendra Menon, chief justice of Patna High Court, has been transferred to Delhi High Court as chief justice.

Justice V K Tahilramani, acting chief justice of Bombay High Court, has been appointed as chief justice of Madras High Court.

Justice Aniruddha Bose, judge of the Calcutta High Court, was appointed as chief justice of Jharkhand High Court. He was earlier recommended to take over as Delhi High Court chief justice but the government has returned his file, saying the Delhi High Court, being a prominent high court, must be headed by a senior judge.

Justice K S Jhaveri, a judge of the Rajasthan High Court, has been appointed as chief justice of Orissa High Court. Justice Vineet Saran, who was the chief justice over there, has been elevated to the top court.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court Collegium of CJI and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Madan B Lokur remitted back a recommendation for appointment of advocates Basharat Ali Khan and Mohd Mansoor, as judges of the Allahabad High Court. The government has twice sent back files relating to their appointments to the SC Collegium in view of certain complaints cited by the Union government.

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