President Ram Nath Kovind today appointed Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari as the Acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court.
A notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice yesterday said, “In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to appoint Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari, senior-most Judge of the Allahabad High Court, to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of that High Court with effect from June 26, 2021 consequent upon the retirement of Justice Sanjay Yadav, Chief Justice, Allahabad High Court.”
The senior-most Judge of the Allahabad High Court will replace current Chief Justice Sanjay Yadav, who will retire on June 25.
On June 13, 2021, Justice Sanjay Yadav had taken oath as the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court. He was appointed as the Chief Justice after the retirement of Justice Govind Mathur. Earlier, Justice Yadav was working here as the Acting Chief Justice.
Justice MN Bhandari was appointed as Judge of the Rajasthan High Court on July 5, 2007. He was then transferred to the Allahabad High Court, where he took oath as a Judge on March 15, 2019. He will retire on September 12, 2022.
Justice Bhandari also practised in the Supreme Court, where he handled Constitutional, Civil, Service, Labour, Criminal and Arbitration matters and specialised in Constitutional, Service, Labour and Arbitration matters.
As a lawyer, he served as the Standing Counsel for Railways, Rajasthan Road Transport Corporation, Nuclear Power Corporation, State Election Commission, Rajasthan University, all the Government Electricity Companies of Rajasthan, Jaipur Development Authority, Jaipur Municipal Corporation, Rajasthan Housing Board, Ganga Nagar Sugar Mills Ltd and Rajasthan Agricultural University.