Accepting the recommendations made by the Supreme Court collegium, the Centre on Saturday notified the appointment of five Judges to the Supreme Court.
On December 13, the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud had recommended the appointment of Justice Pankaj Mithal (Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court), Justice Sanjay Karol (Chief Justice of Patna High Court), Justice P V Sanjay Kumar (Chief Justice of Manipur High Court), Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah (Judge, Patna High Court) and Justice Manoj Misra (Judge, Allahabad High Court).
Sources said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had approved the appointments on February 2 and the names were then sent to the Rashtrapati Bhavan for appointment.
The new judges are expected to be sworn on Monday. Chief Justice Sanjay Kumar hosted a farewell dinner to members of the bench and bar on Saturday at the Manipur High Court complex, our reporter added.
The appointment comes just three days after the Supreme Court Collegium, in an unusual move, recommended two more names for appointment as SC judges. The collegium usually waits for a file to be cleared first before sending more recommendations. On January 31, the collegium recommended Justice Rajesh Bindal, Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, and Justice Aravind Kumar, Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court, for appointment as judges of the Supreme Court.
The Manipur High Court has at present only two judges after Sanjay Kumar has been finally appointed as a Supreme Court judge. The two judges are Justice M V Muralidharan and Justice A Bimol Singh.
Meanwhile, A Guneshwar Sharma will be sworn-in as the Justice of the high court on Monday and the oath will be made and subscribed before Justice MV Muralidaran, who is the senior most judge of the high court.
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Following the appointment of judicial officer A Guneshwar as a judge of the Manipur High Court, the Cheirap Court community on Saturday gave a farewell party to the former.
During the farewell party held at a court room of the Cheirap Court, district and session judge, Imphal East RK Memcha handed over a bouquet to the newly appointed judge of the High Court.
The programme was also attended by special public prosecutor Nilachandra Singh, former presidents of AMBA, Serishtradar Bhubon Singh and Okendro Singh, advocate Salam Devananda Singh among others.