Collegium likely to clear names of four judges for elevation to Supreme Court

Bar & Bench August 29 2019
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The Collegium is understood to have signed off on the names of four judges for elevation to the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice V Ramasubramanian of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, Chief Justice Krishna Murari of the Punjab & Haryana High Court,  Chief Justice S Ravindra Bhat of the Rajasthan High Court, and Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy of the Kerala High Court have been recommended for appointment as Supreme Court judges, according to NDTV.

Justice V Ramasubramanian was appointed as an additional judge of the Madras High Court in July 2006, and as a permanent judge in November 2009. He was transferred to the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad in 2016, consequent upon his own request.  After the bifurcation of the High Court, he was retained as a judge of the Telangana High Court.  He was appointed as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court in June. this year.

Justice Krishna Murari was appointed as an additional judge of the Allahabad High Court in 2004 and as a permanent judge the following year. He took over as Chief Justice of the Punjab & Haryana High Court in June this year.

Justice S Ravindra Bhat was appointed an Additional judge of Delhi High Court in 2004 and was made a permanent judge in 2006. He was appointed as Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court earlier this year.

Justice Hrishikesh Roy was made an additional judge of the Gauhati High Court in 2006 and was made permanent in 2008. He assumed charge as Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court in August last year.

The Supreme Court currently has four vacancies with the recent retirement of Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) Amendment Bill, 2019, which effectively increased the total strength of the Court to 34 judges, was notified.