Many High Courts will remain closed on Monday, in view of the passing away of Supreme Court judge Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar.
The judge was suffering from a prolonged illness and recently developed viral pneumonia. He suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday night. Shantanagoudar died at a private hospital in Gurugram at the age of 62 years.
Justice Shantanagoudar was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court on February 17, 2017. He would have remained in office till May 5, 2023. He was the ninth senior most judge of the Supreme Court.
Born on May 5, 1958, Shantanagoudar enrolled as an advocate in September 1980. He practised for one year at Dharwad in Karnataka, before shifting to Bengaluru. He served as Vice-Chairman of Karnataka State Bar Council from 1991 to 1993 and as Chairman of Karnataka State Bar Council during 1995 and 1996. He also served as the State Public Prosecutor of Karnataka from 1999 to 2002.
There will be non sitting of courts in Allahabad High Court and Lucknow bench on Monday. The Punjab and Haryana High Court will remain closed. The Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan High Court will also be closed on account of the demise of the Justice Shantanagoudar.
The Subordinate courts of the above mentioned High Courts will remain closed on April 26.
It is pertinent to note that Supreme Court on Monday announced that it was suspending the judicial work today as a mark of respect for Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar.