Collegium recommends Dinesh Maheshwari, Sanjiv Khanna JJ. as Supreme Court judges [Read Resolution]

Meera Emmanuel January 11 2019
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The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the elevation of two High Court judges to the Supreme Court Bench, filling up two of the existing five vacancies.

Through a resolution dated January 10, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, judge of the Delhi High Court have been recommended for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court.

The recommendation was made following a Collegium meetings held between January 5-6 this year, and after discussions with Chief Justices as well as well as senior puisne Judges of all High Courts, eligible for elevation to the Supreme Court. In view of the same, the Collegium felt that Justices Maheswari and Khanna were, at present, more deserving and suitable in all respects than other Chief Justices and senior puisne Judges of High Courts, for being appointed as Judges of the Supreme Court of India.

The resolution also discloses,

While recommending the names of Mr. Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna the Collegium has taken into consideration combined seniority on all-India basis of Chief Justices and senior puisne Judges of High Courts, apart from their merit and integrity. The Collegium has also kept in mind the desirability of giving due representation on the Bench of the Supreme Court, as far as possible, to all the High Courts.”

Justice Dinesh Maheshwari was appointed as a Judge of the Rajasthan High Court on September 2, 2004. He was transferred to Allahabad High Court in July 2014. He was elevated as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court in February 2016 and was thereafter transferred to Karnataka High Court in February 2018. He has been functioning at the Karnataka High Court since then. Justice Dinesh Maheshwari is the 21st senior-most judge in the combined seniority of High Court Judges on the all-India basis.

Justice Sanjiv Khanna was appointed as a Judge of the Delhi High Court on June 24, 2005. He has been functioning as a judge of the Delhi High Court since then. He is the 33rd senior-most judge in the combined seniority of High Court Judges on the all-India basis.

Should he be elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court, given how things stand presently, Justice Khanna will be in line to become Chief Justice of India on November 11, 2024, after Justice DY Chandrachud retires.

The resolution also notes that while recommending the name of Justice Sanjiv Khanna for elevation to the Supreme Court, it was conscious of his seniority position in the Delhi High Court as well.

Read the Resolution:

Collegium Resolution - Jan 10, 2019

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