Madras HC gets new Chief Justice

Justice Sanjib Banerjee

Chennai: Justice Sanjib Banerjee, the senior-most judge of the Calcutta High Court, has been appointed as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, by President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday.

He would be succeeding Chief Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi, who retired from service on Thursday. He was enrolled as an advocate in 1990 and practised primarily at the Calcutta High Court and the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, four judges were also elevated as high court chief justices.

The Supreme Court collegium had recently recommended to the government the transfer of four chief justices of high courts and elevation of some judges as chief justices of high courts.

Justice Maheshwari has been transferred to the Sikkim High Court as its new chief justice in place of Justice Arup Kumar Goswami.

Justice Goswami will be the new chief justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, according to a Law Ministry notification.

The SC collegium had recommended transfer of Justice Maheshwari to the Sikkim High Court, weeks after Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy had complained to the Chief Justice of India about the state’s top judiciary.

Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan, the Telangana High Court chief justice, has been transferred as the chief justice of the Uttarakhand High Court.

Justice Mohammad Rafiq, the chief justice of the Orissa High Court, will be the new chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

Justice S Muralidhar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has been elevated as the chief justice of the Orissa High Court.

The government had asserted that the transfer was a routine affair based on the recommendation of the collegium.

The Delhi High Court’s Justice Hima Kohli has been elevated as the chief justice of the Telangana High Court. Justice Pankaj Mithal of the Allahabad High Court has been made the chief justice of the common high court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh Union Territories.

The Law Ministry also notified the transfer of Justice Satish Chandra Sharma from the Madhya Pradesh High Court to the Karnataka High Court.


NT Bureau