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The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the appointment of two judicial officers as judges of the Rajasthan High Court.
As per the resolution passed today, judicial officers Abhay Chaturvedi and Narendra Singh Dhaddha have been recommended for elevation to the Rajasthan High Court. The resolution states,
“On the basis of interaction and having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium is of the considered view that S/Shri (1) Abhay Chaturvedi, and (2) Narendra Singh Dhaddha, (mentioned at Sl. Nos. 1 and 10 above) are suitable for being appointed as Judges of the Rajasthan High Court….
….In view of the above, the Collegium resolves to recommend that S/Shri (1) Abhay Chaturvedi, and (2) Narendra Singh Dhaddha, Judicial Officers, be appointed as Judges of the Rajasthan High Court. Their inter se seniority be fixed as per the existing practice.“
The two names were approved for elevation after the Collegium consulted colleagues familiar with the affairs of the High Court and considered the material on record, including inputs from the Department of Justice and personal interaction.
A total of eleven names were proposed by the Rajasthan High Court Collegium in May 2018 for elevation to the High Court. However, the Supreme Court Collegium has decided to defer the consideration of the remaining nine names for the present.
The broad reason stated for this deferment is the examination of certain additional inputs to be received by the Collegium. The resolution states that certain complaints on the file of the Justice Department were also considered while considering the eleven names recommended.
The name of judicial officer Chandra Kumar Songara will be taken up after certain additional information is received from the Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice.
As for the proposed recommendation of judicial officers Devendra Kacchawaha, Satish Kumar Sharma, Prabha Sharma, Manoj Kumar Vyas, Rameshwar Vyas, Devendra Joshi, Anoop Kumar Saxena and Hemant Kumar Jain, the resolution intimates,
“The same would be taken up upon receipt of detailed information from the Department of Justice in respect of certain unconfirmed inputs pointed out in the file.”
Notably, the resolution also informs that certain senior judicial officers were overlooked while the above judicial officers were recommended for elevation to the High Court. However, the Supreme Court Collegium concurred with the High Court Collegium’s justification for superseding these officers, noting,
“We are in agreement with the justification given by the High Court Collegium in its Minutes dated 28th May, 2018 for not recommending these senior Judicial Officers.“
Read the Resolution: