Collegium recommends one Judicial Officer for Orissa HC, declines 11 names [Read Resolutions]

Meera Emmanuel November 3 2018
Orissa High Court Bar Association

The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the elevation of one judicial officer to the Orissa High Court.

Two collegium resolutions dated October 31, inform that the Orissa High Court Collegium had recommended a total of four judicial officers and eight advocates for elevation to the High Court Bench.

However, the Collegium only found judicial officer, Dr Akshaya Kumar Mishra appropriate for appointment as a judge of the High Court. Based on an appraisal of his file, inputs of the Department of Justice and personal interaction, the Collegium resolved as follows,

In view of the above, the Collegium resolves to recommend that Dr. Akshaya Kumar Mishra, Judicial Officer, be appointed as a Judge of the Orissa High Court against the service vacancy which occurred on 23rd January, 2015.”

The other judicial officers proposed for elevation by the High Court Collegium were Satyanarayan Mishra, Bibhu Prasad Routray and Gautam Sharma. The Supreme Court Collegium found that they do not qualify the prevailing norms of eligibility. As regards these officers, the Supreme Court Collegium has said,

“…the Collegium is of the considered view that the proposal in respect of these three recommendees deserves to be sent back to the Chief Justice of the High Court for reconsideration by the present High Court Collegium at the appropriate time.

The eight advocates who were considered by the Collegium were Rudra Prasad Kar, Pranaya Kishore Harichandan, Kali Prasanna Mishra, Bimbisar Dash, Narasingh V, Tushar Kanti Satapathy, Bishnu Prasad Pradhan, and Sameer Kumar Das. However, for various reasons, none of the names were approved further.

The names of Rudra Prasad Kar and Bimbisar Dash were remitted back to the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court for the reason that they do not qualify the existing norms.

In particular, the Collegium has noted that their average net professional annual income for the preceding five years being less than the prescribed income limit applicable in case of Bar member. The names of Tushar Kanti Satapathy, Bishnu Prasad Pradhan, and Sameer Kumar Das were also sent back for the same reason.

The proposal for Pranaya Kishore Harichandan’s elevation was simply remitted to the Orissa High Court without assigning any specific reason. The file of Narasingh V has been sent back to the Orissa High Court for reconsideration by the High Court Collegium.

As for Kali Prasanna Mishra, the Supreme Court Collegium has deferred the decision for the present, stating that his case would be taken up for consideration by the Collegium after some time.

Read the Resolution concerning the elevation of Judicial Officers:

Resolution - JOs Orissa HC - Oct 31, 2018

Read the Resolution concerning the elevation of Advocates:

Resolution - Advs Orissa HC - Oct 31, 2018

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