The Union government on Sunday notified the appointment of Justice Sandeep Mehta of the Rajasthan High Court as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court.
As per the notification posted on the website of the Ministry of Law and Justice, “In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Justice Sandeep Mehta, Judge of the High Court of Rajasthan to be the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court, with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office. “
The Supreme Court Collegium had proposed elevation of Justice Mehta as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court during its meeting on February 8.
Justice Mehta was appointed as Judge of the Rajasthan High Court on May 30, 2011 and is due to retire on January 10, 2025.
The Collegium had previously resolved to appoint Justice K. Vinod Chandran as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court. However, it recalled the recommendation via a separate resolution and Justice Chandran was instead recommended for appointment as Chief Justice of the Patna High Court.
The Collegium then resolved to recommend the appointment of Justice Mehta, finding him fit and suitable for the same.
Justice Mehta enrolled as an Advocate on August 8, 1986, before being elevated to the Bench. He practiced before the trial courts, High Courts as well as the Supreme Court.
He served as Vice Chairman of the Bar Council of Rajasthan from 2004 to 2005 and as the Chairman in 2010.