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Seven high courts get new chief justices

The appointments of seven high courts due to some recent elevations in the Supreme Court. 

Oct 4, 2019 17:41 IST
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The centre government has appointed seven Chief Justices to seven High Courts. All these appointments have been made due to some recent elevations in the Supreme Court. Acting Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh Ravi Shankar Jha has become the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Justice V. Ramasubramanian, Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, Justice Krishna Murari and Hrishikesh Roy were elevated to the Supreme Court recently. The Ministry of Law also clarified that these posts were vacant due to the recent appointment of several High Court judges to the Supreme Court.

Key Highlights

  • Justice Ajay Lamba of Allahabad High Court has been appointed as Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court. Justice Inderjit Mahanti of Bombay High Court has become Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court.
  • Justice Indrajit Mahanty of Bombay High Court has become chief justice of Rajasthan High Court.
  • Justice A Mani Kumar of Kerala High Court has been appointed as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.
  • Madhya Pradesh’s Justice Ravi Shanker Jha has appointed as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
  • Apart from that, Justice Bishwanath Somadar of Calcutta High Court and Justice Vivek Agarwal of Telangana High Court have been sent to Allahabad High Court and Justice PV Sanjay Kumar of Madhya Pradesh High Court to Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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Elevations to Supreme Court

Prior to this, Justice V Ramasubramanian, Justice Krishna Murari, Justice S Ravindra Bhatt and Justice Rishikesh Roy have recently been appointed judges in the Supreme Court. They were chief justice of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana and Kerala High Courts respectively.

Qualification to become a High Court Judge

• He/She should be a citizen of India.
• A person to be appointed as High Court Judge should have 10 years of experience of holding judicial office in India.
• He/She should have ten years of experience as an advocate of the high court(s).
• The appointment of a High Court judge doesn’t restrict qualified person with any age limit.

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