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As part of a reshuffle in the administration of the high courts, the Supreme Court Collegium has recommended new Chief Justices for the High Courts of Madras, Kerala and Orissa.
In lieu of Justice Indira Banerjee’s potential elevation to the Supreme Court, Acting Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court Justice VK Tahilramani has been recommended as Chief Justice of the Madras High Court. While doing so, the Collegium noted,
“While making the above recommendation the Collegium has taken into consideration the fact that at present there is only one Chief Justice from Bombay High Court, which is one of the biggest High Courts with sanctioned Judge-strength of 94 Judges.”
Justice Hrishikesh Roy, who is currently serving as Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, has been recommended to take over as regular Chief Justice of the same High Court. The three-member Collegium noted that the Gauhati High Court, from where Justice Roy hails, does not have a Chief Justice.
Filling in the gap that will arise with Justice Vineet Saran’s proposed elevation to the Supreme Court, Justice KS Jhaveri, who is currently serving at the Rajasthan High Court, has been recommended for appointment as Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court.
While recommending Jhaveri J’s (who is originally from the Gujarat High Court) name for elevation as Chief Justice, the Collegium noted in its resolution,
“While making the above recommendation the Collegium has taken into consideration the fact that Gujarat High Court has remained unrepresented on the Bench of the Supreme Court and there has been no Chief Justice from Gujarat High Court, for a long time.”
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