Collegium recommends Justice S Ravindra Bhat as Chief Justice of Rajasthan [Read Resolution]

Meera Emmanuel April 10 2019
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The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended that Justice S Ravindra Bhat be appointed the next Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court.

Recently, the office of the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court had fallen vacant after erstwhile Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog was transferred to take charge as the new Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.

In view of the same, the Collegium has now recommended Justice Bhat to the office in a resolution passed on Monday. It states,

"Mr. Justice S. Ravindra Bhat is the senior-most Judge from Delhi High Court and is functioning in that High Court since his elevation. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium finds Mr. Justice S. Ravindra Bhat suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court. The Collegium resolves to recommend accordingly."

While making the recommendation, the Collegium also noted that if Justice Bhat's appointment is cleared by the Government, "there will be three Chief Justices from Delhi High Court, which has the special distinction of being the High Court for the national capital."

Justice Bhat who was born in 1958 graduated in law from Campus Law Centre in 1982. He enrolled with Delhi Bar Council the same year. He practised before the Delhi High Court, Supreme Court, and other judicial fora.

He was appointed an Additional judge of Delhi High Court in 2004 and was made permanent judge in 2006. In December last year, it was reported that Justice Bhat was likely to be recommended as the Rajasthan High Court's Chief Justice. Presently, the Rajasthan High Court is being helmed by Acting Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq.

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Read the Collegium Resolution dated April 8, 2019:

5. 2019.04.08-CJ Appointment-Rajasthan-2