The President of India on Wednesday appointed four new Supreme Court Judges – Bombay High Court Chief Justice B.R. Gavai, Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Surya Kant, Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice Aniruddha Bose and Gauhati High Court Chief Justice A.S. Bopana. The recommendations of the collegium was cleared by the Ministry after which the President has appointed the judges to the Supreme Court.
Justice B.R. Gavai
Mr. Justice Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai was appointed as a Judge of the Bombay High Court on 14th November, 2003 and has been functioning there since then. He stands at Sl. No.8 in the combined seniority of High Court Judges on all-India basis. The Collegium while recommending his name has duly considered Mr. Justice Gavai’s position (Sl.No.4) in the seniority of Judges hailing from Bombay High Court. His recommendation, in no way, is to be misconstrued to mean that three senior-most Judges from Bombay High Court (two of whom are serving as Chief Justices) are less suitable than Mr. Justice Gavai. On his appointment, the Supreme Court Bench will have a Judge belonging to Scheduled Caste category after about a decade.
Justice Surya Kant
Mr. Justice Surya Kant was appointed as a Judge of the Punjab & Haryana High Court on 9th January, 2004 and was elevated as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court on 5th October, 2018. Mr. Justice Surya Kant stands at Sl. No.11 in the combined seniority of High Court Judges on all-India basis. In the seniority of Judges hailing from Punjab & Haryana, Mr. Justice Surya Kant stands at Sl. No.2 and is already functioning as Chief Justice since 5th October, 2018. While recommending his name, the Collegium is conscious of the fact that on appointment of Mr. Justice Surya Kant there will be two Judges on the Bench of the Supreme Court from the Punjab & Haryana High Court, which has the distinction of being the common High Court for two large States, and is the third largest High Court in the country.
Justice Aniruddha Bose
Born on April 11, 1959. Passed Higher Secondary Examination from St. Lawrence High School, Calcutta, in the year 1976. Passed B.Com. Examination from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta and LL.B. from Surendranath College of Law, Calcutta. He enrolled with the Bar Council of West Bengal as an Advocate in October, 1985. He has practised in the Original Side as well as the Appellate Side of the High Court at Calcutta in Constitutional and Civil matters, with special emphasis on Intellectual Property Law. He was elevated to the Bench as permanent Judge of the High Court at Calcutta on January 19, 2004. He was appointed as The Chief Justice of the High Court of Jharkhand on 11th August 2018.
Justice A.S. Bopana
Born on 20-05-1959. Enrolled as an Advocate on 21-11-1984 and practised Civil, Constitutional, Company, Service and Labour matters in the High Court as well as in the Civil and Labour Courts. He has worked as Legal Advisor to all Central Public Sector Undertakings and worked as Addl. Central Govt. Standing Counsel from 1999 onward till 2005. Appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Karnataka on 06-01-2006 and permanent judge on 01.03.2007. He was elevated as Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court on 29.10.2018
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