Collegium recommends transfer of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog to Bombay HC [Read Resolution]

Bar & Bench March 29 2019
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The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended that Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court, Pradeep Nandrajog be transferred to the Bombay High Court.

The transfer has been recommended in view of the impending retirement of incumbent Bombay High Court Chief Justice NH Patil next week.

A Collegium resolution was passed to this effect yesterday. It states,

"Office of the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court would be falling vacant shortly, consequent upon retirement of Mr. Justice N.H. Patil, Chief Justice of that High Court on 6th April, 2019. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made.

The Collegium resolves to recommend that Mr. Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, Chief Justice, Rajasthan High Court [PHC: Delhi], be transferred, in the interest of better administration of justice, to Bombay High Court."

Justice Nandrajog has been serving as the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court since March 2017, following a transfer from the Delhi High Court.

He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Delhi University in 1981 and enrolled as an advocate the same year. He was elevated as an Additional Judge of the Delhi High Court on December 20, 2002, and became a Permanent Judge on April 16, 2004.

In December last year, there were strong indications that Justice Nandrajog was recommended for elevation to the Supreme Court, along with current Delhi High Court Chief Justice, Rajendra Menon. Both names were said to have been recommended by the Collegium in a resolution passed on December 12, 2018.

However, in January this year, the Supreme Court Collegium decided to elevate Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dinesh Maheshwari instead, superseding Justice Nandrajog, who was senior to the two judges going by the combined seniority of High Court judges on an all-India basis.

Following this move, it was reported that Supreme Court judge Sanjay Kishan Kaul also wrote to Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi that a wrong signal would be sent if Justice Nandrajog's seniority was disregarded in elevating other judges to the Supreme Court.

The Collegium resolution elevating Justices Khanna and Maheshwari also mentioned that some decisions were taken on December 12 last year, but the same could not be taken to its conclusion as the winter vacation intervened. Subsequently, when the Collegium met again after the court re-opened, it decided to have a fresh look at the matter.

The controversial move had also prompted former Delhi High Court judge, Justice (Retd.) Kailash Gambhir to write to the President of India objecting to the Collegium recommendations and urging him to prevent a “historical blunder”.

Read the Collegium Resolution recommending the transfer of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog to the Bombay HC:

 

2019.03.28-Tr.-CJ Pradeep Nandrajog

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