The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Naveen Sinha, M Shantana Goudar, Dipak Gupta and S Abdul Nazeer for elevation as Supreme Court judges.
The list includes four Chief Justices and one sitting judge of the Karnataka High Court and surprisingly no woman judge has made it to this list.
This news has been reported by ToI.
Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul is currently serving as the Chief Justice of Madras High Court while Justice Navin Sinha is currently the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court.
Justice Kaul joined the Bar in 1982 and practised in Delhi High Court before being elevated to the Bench in 2001. He became Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court in June, 2013 before being transferred to Madras High Court in July, 2014.
Justice Sinha enrolled at the Bar in 1979 and was elevated as judge of Patna High Court in 2004. He became Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court in 2016.
Justice M Shantana Goudar is serving as the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court. He enrolled at the Bar in 1978 and practised law at Dharwad for one year before shifting practice to Bengaluru. He was appointed additional judge of Karnataka in 2003 and was made permanent judge in 2004. He was transferred to Kerala High Court as acting Chief Justice in August 2016 and was made Chief Justice in September 2016.
Justice Dipak Gupta is the Chief Justice at the Chhattisgarh High Court. He enrolled at the Bar in 1978 and practised at the Himachal Pradesh High Court. He was appointed judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court in 2004. He was transferred to Tripura High Court in 2013 as it’s Chief Justice and was later transferred to Chhattisgarh High Court in May, 2016.
Justice S Abdul Nazeer is the only judge in the list of names recommended by the Supreme Court, who is not a Chief Justice. Justice Nazeer enrolled at the bar in 1983 and practised in Karnataka High Court. He was appointed additional judge of Karnataka High Court in 2003 and was made permanent judge in 2004. He has been serving in Karnataka High Court since then.
Supreme Court is currently functioning with 23 judges as against its sanctioned strength of 31. Chief Justice Khehar had, however, told in open court on January 11 that the issued would be sorted out within a month.
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