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Appointment of Chief Justices in Six High Court’s has been Approved by the Union Govt.

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 Shivani Thakur

Published on: June 18, 2022 at 13:46 IST

After the Union government approved the Supreme Court collegium’s recommendations, 6 High Court’s across the country are poised to acquire new Chief Justices within a month.

The government’s acceptance comes after some initial reservations about one of the ideas, which resulted in a month-long delay in the appointments.

Vipin Sanghi, the acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, will be appointed as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court, with Satish Chandra Sharma, the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, taking over as the regular chief of the Delhi High Court, following the government’s approval.

Justice Amjad A Sayed of the Bombay High Court and Justice Sambhaji Shivaji Shinde of the Bombay High Court will be the Chief Justices of the High Courts of Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, respectively.

Appointment was long overdue in three of the aforementioned High Courts, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Delhi.

On May 17, the Supreme Court Collegium, led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, passed a resolution proposing the appointment of new Chief Justices in the six high courts.

Under the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP), which governs the appointments and transfers of judges of the constitutional courts, the government is bound by the collegium’s resolution on the transfer and appointment of chief justices of high courts.

The MoP, however, does not specify a timetable for the government to comply and issue the notification.