New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium has recommended the elevation of 13 judicial officers to various high courts across the country. The Collegium, led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, also recommended the appointment of two advocates and a retired judicial officer as judges of the Delhi High Court.
In a significant move, the collegium recommended the elevation of Shalinder Kaur, a retired judicial officer, as a judge of the Delhi High Court. Kaur retired as a district and sessions judge on September 30, 2023, but the collegium noted that she possesses a proven track record, merit, and integrity, making her a suitable candidate. The age of retirement for a Delhi Higher Judicial Service officer is 60 years, while for a high court judge, it is 62.
The collegium also recommended the elevation of Ravinder Dudeja, a judicial officer with an ‘A’ rating from the Judgment Evaluation Committee, as a judge of the Delhi High Court.
The collegium also recommended the appointment of five judicial officers for the Kerala High Court and three for the Bombay High Court. Furthermore, they endorsed judicial officer Vimal Kanaiyalal Vyas for the Gujarat High Court and judicial officers Biswajit Palit and Sabyasachi Datta Purkayastha for the Tripura High Court.
In a notable move, the collegium recommended the appointment of advocate Ravindra Kumar Agrawal as a judge of the Chhattisgarh High Court, despite objections from the Centre. The collegium noted that there were no adverse observations regarding Agrawal’s integrity or reputation.
The collegium also recommended the appointment of four advocates, Harinath Nunepally, Kiranmayee Mandava, Sumathi Jagadam, and Nyapathy Vijay, as judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.