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As per the report, the reason given by the Centre for returning the name of Bose J. is that he does not command any experience as a Chief Justice to head a prominent High Court like Delhi.
The Supreme Court Collegium had recommended Bose J. for elevation to Delhi High Court on January 10. The resolution passed by the Collegium reads:
“Mr. Justice Aniruddha Bose is a senior puisne Judge of Calcutta High Court. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium finds Mr. Justice Aniruddha Bose suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. The Collegium resolves to recommend accordingly.”
Besides, Bose J. the Collegium had on the same day recommended appointment of Chief Justices to nine other High courts.
While eight of those appointments have gone through, the candidature of Justice Bose and Justice Surya Kant have hit a roadblock.
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has been functioning with an acting Chief Justice for more than a year now. Justice Gita Mittal has been at the helm of Delhi High Court since April 14, 2017.
Note: This report initially carried the photo of Justice Debasish Kar Gupta in place of Justice Aniruddha Bose. The error has been corrected and is deeply regretted.