Thirteen high courts across India, including the Gujarat High Court, are going to get new Chief Justices (CJs). Notably, the Supreme Court collegium has eight names to the Union government for elevation, whereas five sitting CJs are likely to be transferred to other high courts.
The names recommended for elevation include acting chief justice of Calcutta High Court Rajesh Bindal. Besides Justice Bindal, who would now become the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court if the Centre assents to the recommendation, there are other seven judges whose elevation as CJs have been recommended by the collegium.
The collegium has recommended names of Justices Ranjit V More, Satish Chandra Sharma, Prakash Srivastava, RV Malimath, Ritu Raj Awasthi, Aravind Kumar and Prashant Kumar Mishra for elevation as CJ of the high courts of Meghalaya, Telangana, Calcutta, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, respectively.
In another statement, uploaded on the website, the apex court provided the list of five Chief Justices who have been transferred to other high courts.
AA Kureshi, CJ of Tripura High Court, has been recommended to become CJ of the Rajasthan High Court, while Justice Indrajit Mahanty, the CJ of Rajasthan High Court would go to Tripura HC as the CJ, it said.
Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq of Madhya Pradesh High Court has been recommended to head the Himachal Pradesh HC as the CJ, it said, adding that Chief Justice Biswanath Somadder of Meghalaya High Court would be transferred in the same capacity to the Sikkim High Court.
Chief Justice A K Goswami of the Andhra Pradesh High Court has been recommended to become the CJ of the Chhattisgarh High Court, the statement said.
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