Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Centre approves elevation of Dipankar Dutta as judge of Supreme Court

Central Government has agreed to the Supreme Court Collegium recommendation for elevating the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Datta as Judge of the Top court. As per the sources ,the file has been approved by the President signs the same. Justice Dipankar Dutta would soon be sworn in as the Supreme Court Judge. The name of Justice Datta  was recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium headed by former Chief Justice U U Lalit on September 26. As the file was not getting clear, many lawyers questioned the government during its recent stand-off with the top court over the Collegium issue, for not acting on the recommendation. Justice Dutta was born on February 9, 1965. Justice Datta himself as an Advocate on November 16, 1989. He practised mostly in the Calcutta High Court, but also practiced in Supreme Court and other High Courts in constitutional and civil matters. Justice Dutta was made a permanent judge of Calcutta High Court on June 22, 2006.He was later elevated on April 28,2020 as the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court. The top court is currently working with the strength of 27 judges as against a sanctioned strength of 34 judges. The vacancies will rise to eight next month with Justice S Abdul Nazeer set to retire on January 4. To add to the woes next year,seven more judges shall be completing their tenure The name of  Justice Datta was the only one which got cleared by the Collegium under CJI Lalit. However attempts were made to discuss about a few other names but it could not materialise as two of the Collegium members opposed clearing of the names by circulating the proposal among the Collegium members instead of having physical deliberations. The former CJI UU Lalit, had a brief tenure, so instead of having a formal setup and meet,he circulated the names but things could not be done.

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