New Delhi | Chief Justice of five high courts were appointed Friday, days after the Supreme Court told the government that there should be no delay in filling up judges’ vacancies.
Separate Law Ministry notifications said senior most judges of the high courts of Calcutta, Sikkim, Tripura, Manipur and Kerala have been elevated as chief justices of the respective high courts.
Justice Shantanagoudar Mohan Mallikarjunagouda, who has been serving as Acting chief justice of the Kerala High Court has been confirmed as the court’s Chief Justice.
Justice Girish Chandra Gupta of the Calcutta High Court will be the chief justice of that high court. Justice Satish Kumar Agnihotri of the Sikkim High Court has been elevated as the chief justice in the court.
Similarly, Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei of the Tripura High Court will be its chief justice. Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad of the Manipur High Court will be the chief justice of the high court.
Some 35 files related to elevation of judges as chief justices of high courts and those related to fresh appointments are pending in the “advanced stages” with the government.
Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi had on Wednesday told the apex court that “there is progress in the appointments…We will see more progress”.
Judiciary and executive have seen at variance over appointment of judges in the recent past.