(L-R) Justices Dipankar Dutta, Mohammad Rafiq and Biswanath Somadder
(L-R) Justices Dipankar Dutta, Mohammad Rafiq and Biswanath Somadder
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Central Government clears appointment of new Chief Justices for Bombay, Meghalaya, Orissa High Courts

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The Central Government on Thursday cleared the appointment of next Chief Justices who would helm the High Courts of Bombay, Orissa and Meghalaya.

Originally hailing from Calcutta, Justice Dipankar Datta has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, following the retirement of incumbent Chief Justice BP Dharmadhikari. Justice Datta's appointment has been made pursuant to a Collegium statement issued earlier this week.

Justice Datta was born in February 1965 to former judge of the Calcutta High Court, late Justice Salil Kumar Datta. He obtained his LLB degree from the University of Calcutta in 1989 and enrolled as an advocate the same year. Following this, he practised primarily in the Supreme Court and High Courts in Constitutional and civil matters. He was elevated as a permanent Judge of the Calcutta High Court on June 22, 2006.

The Centre today also cleared the Collegium proposal to transfer Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice Mohammed Rafiq to be appointed the next Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court. The Orissa High Court has been functioning under the aegis of Acting Chief Justice Sanju Panda since January 5, this year, following the retirement of Justice Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri.

Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq, who will now take charge as the Orissa High Court's next permanent Chief Justice, had been elevated to helm the Meghalaya High Court in November 2019. Prior to that, he sat as a judge of the Rajasthan High Court, where he had also served as Acting Chief Justice twice.

In place of Chief Justice Rafiq, Justice Biswanath Somadder, who originally hails from Calcutta High Court, has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court. Justice Somadder assumed charge as an Allahabad High Court judge in October last year. Prior to that, he had served as the Acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court.

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Justice Dipankar Datta Chief Justice of the Bombay HC.pdf
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Justice Mohammad Rafiq Chief Justice of the Orissa HC.pdf
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Justice Biswanath Somadder Chief Justice of the Meghalaya HC.pdf
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