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SC Collegium Recommends Appointments Of New Chief Justices In 5 High Courts

The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the appointment of Chief Justice of five High Courts — Meghalaya, Jharkhand, Madras, Madhya Pradesh, and Patna. The SC collegium modified its earlier recommendation where it had appointed Justice AK Mittal, the incumbent Chief Justice of Meghalaya HC, as the Chief Justice of Madras HC.

The Supreme Court Collegium, has recommend the transfer of Patna High Court Judge Rakesh Kumar to the Andhra Pradesh High Court and approved the proposal for elevation of Wanlura Diengdoh, Judicial Officer, as Judge of the Meghalaya High Court, advocates Moksha Kazmi and Rajnesh Oswal as judges of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, and advocates Soumitra Saikia and Parthivjyoti Saikia with Judicial Officer S. Hukato Swu as judges of the Gauhati High Court.

The collegium has recommended the transfer of Patna High Court Chief Justice A.P. Sahi to the Madras HC and elevation of Rajasthan High Court Judge Mohammad Rafiq as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court. After the resignation of Madras HC Chief Justice V.K. Tahilramani in protest at her transfer to the Meghalaya High Court, Justice Vineet Kothari was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court while A.K. Mittal was made Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court.

The Collegium has recommended the transfer of Chief Justice Mittal to the Madhya Pradesh HC and Tripura High Court Chief Justice Sanjay Karol to Patna HC as Chief Justice. It has also recommended the elevation of Punjab & Haryana High Court Judge Ravi Ranjan as Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court.

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