New Delhi: Four high court chief justices were on Thursday night elevated to the Supreme Court, within 48 hours of the collegium recommending their names to the government. The Law Ministry notified their appointments on Thursday night. They are scheduled to be sworn in at 10.30 am on Friday, The Indian Express reported.
On Tuesday, the SC collegium, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had recommended the names of Justices Hemant Gupta, Ajay Rastogi, MR Shah and R Subhash Reddy for their elevation as apex court judges.
Justice Gupta is currently the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, while Justice Rastogi is the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court. Justice Shah is the incumbent Chief Justice of the Patna High Court, while Justice Reddy is the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court.
The ministry also notified the appointment of acting chief justices in these high courts.
Once the new judges take charge, the strength of the Supreme Court will rise to 28. At present, the apex court has 24 judges, including the Chief Justice, while its sanctioned strength is 31.
This year, two judges — Justices Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — are set to retire from the top court, while Justice AK Sikri would demit office in March 2019.
Justice Gupta was appointed as a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on 2 July, 2002 and on 8 February, 2016, he was transferred to the Patna High Court where he was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice on 29 October, 2016. He was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on 18 March, 2017.
Justice Rastogi was appointed as a judge of the Rajasthan High Court in September 2004 and was also made the Acting Chief Justice there. He had taken oath as the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court on 1 March, 2018.
Justice Shah was appointed as a judge of the Gujarat High Court on 7 March, 2004 and later in August this year, he was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court.
Justice Reddy was elevated as an additional judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on 2 December, 2002. He was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court on 13 February, 2016.
Updated Date: Nov 02, 2018 07:38 AM