The Union authorities on Thursday cleared the switch of Andhra Pradesh excessive court docket chief justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari to the Sikkim excessive court docket as its new chief justice in a direct swap with justice Arup Kumar Goswami, who strikes from Sikkim to Andhra Pradesh.
The notifications have been issued by the legislation ministry after suggestions made by the Supreme Courtroom Collegium on December 14, when its assembly was chaired by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde, and attended by the following two most senior judges, justices NV Ramana and Rohinton Nariman.
The event comes after an unprecedented row between the excessive court docket and Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who accused the state judiciary of stalling all of the coverage choices of his authorities.
After months of friction, the tussle reached a flashpoint in September when the excessive court docket issued a gag order towards the media from reporting the contents of a primary info report (FIR) in an land scandal in Amaravati, allegedly involving former advocate common Dammalapati Srinivas and the daughters of a sitting Supreme Courtroom choose, justice NV Ramana.
In October, CM Reddy wrote a letter to CJI Bobde, complaining that justice Ramana was attempting to affect instances within the excessive court docket to destabilise his authorities. This letter was launched to the media by Reddy’s principal advisor Ajeya Kallam at a press convention.
On an enchantment by the state authorities, the Supreme Courtroom on November 25 lifted the gag order on reporting the FIR, whereas a bunch of petitions asking for motion towards CM Reddy for his remarks towards justice Ramana within the letter have been dismissed by the highest court docket on December 1.
On December 30, justice Rakesh Kumar’s bench within the Andhra Pradesh excessive court docket mentioned that the switch of chief justices would delay proceedings within the three-capitals case and a pending Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) instances towards Reddy, giving him an “undue benefit”. The scathing feedback by the choose got here when the state authorities sought his recusal from a case. Justice Kumar retired on Friday.
The legislation ministry has additionally notified switch of Telangana excessive court docket chief Justice RS Chauhan as the brand new chief justice of the Uttarakhand cigh court docket. Chief justice Mohammad Rafiq, who was on the Orissa excessive court docket, was appointed because the Madhya Pradesh excessive court docket’s chief justice.
The excessive courts of Telangana and Orissa will now be led by two judges from totally different excessive courts whose elevations have been additionally notified on Friday — justices Hima Kohli and S Muralidhar respectively.
Justice Sanjib Banerjee, a choose of the Calcutta excessive court docket, has been appointed as the brand new chief justice of the Madras Excessive Courtroom.