On Saturday, the Center notified the transfer of Judge Akil Qureshi, Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court, who was at the center of a two-year stalemate in the Supreme Court Panel over the appointment of judges to the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rajasthan. Court. In addition, on Saturday, eight judges were appointed as presidents of various high courts.
Indian Express previously reported that the decision to transfer Judge Qureshi to a “larger court” was one of several decisions taken at a panel meeting last month.
Judge Qureshi, whose parental highest court is the Gujarat High Court, did not appear on a list of nine recent Supreme Court appointments in August, despite being ranked second on the All India Seniority List of High Court Judges.
The college’s uncertainty about recommending his name led to an unprecedented appointment deadlock that lasted almost two years. Former SC Judge Rohinton Nariman, who served on the jury, insisted that Judge Qureshi’s name be recommended before any other name was recommended, and resigned on 12 August. A week after his retirement, the SC collegium sent 9 names to the government. which were accepted within two weeks…
Judge Qureshi was appointed Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court on November 16, 2019, and his term expires on March 6, 2022, unless he is promoted to Supreme Court.
During his tenure in the High Court, Judge Qureshi delivered two important judgments that put the then government of Narendra Modi in a quandary in the state. In 2010, he overturned the ruling of the trial court and granted the CBI two days of custody to the then Minister of the Interior of Gujarat, and now the Minister of the Interior of the Amit Shah Union, in the case of a meeting with Sohrabuddin Sheikh. (Shah was acquitted in 2014 by the CBI Special Court.)
In 2011, a panel of judges, chaired by Judge Qureshi, upheld the decision of the then Governor of Gujarat, Kamla Benival, to appoint former High Court Judge R.A. Mechts as the State Lockaukta. This was opposed by K.M. Modi.
Judge Qureshi was expected to become Chief Justice of Gujarat when that position was vacated in November 2018, as the court’s most senior judge. However, judge A.S. Dave was promoted to acting chief justice, and Judge Qureshi was transferred to the Bombay High Court, where he would be fifth in seniority.
Meanwhile, Judge Indrajit Mahanti, head of the Rajasthan High Court, was appointed Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court.
Moreover, Judge Mohammed Rafik, who heads the Madhya Pradesh High Court, has been sent to the Himachal Pradesh High Court as its new Chief Justice.
Judge Biswanath Somadder, Head of the High Court of Meghalaya, has been appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Sikkim. Judge A.K. Goswami, the head of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, was sent to head the High Court of Chhattisgarh.
Eight judges were also appointed as presidents of various high courts.
Judge Rajesh Bindal, Acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Calcutta, was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Allahabad. Judge Ranjit V. Mor of Meghalaya was appointed Chief Justice of the same High Court, according to a list published by the Justice Department of the Ministry of Justice.
The acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka, Judge Satish Chandra Sharma, was appointed Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court.
Judge Prakash Srivastava of the Madhya Pradesh High Court became Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court.
Acting Chief Justice of the High Court of the State of Himachal Pradesh R.V. Malimat will now chair the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
Judge Ritu Raj Avasti of the Allahabad High Court will preside over the Karnataka High Court. Likewise, Judge Arvind Kumar of the Karnataka High Court was promoted to the position of Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court.
Judge Prashant Kumar Mishra of the High Court of Chhattisgarh was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh.
(Featuring ENS and PTI)