The Central government on Thursday notified the appointment of Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari as the Chief Justice of Madras High Court, besides appointing 10 Advocates and three judicial officers as judges in the High Courts of Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
As per a 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 Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari, Judge of the Madras High Court, to be the Chief Justice of Madras High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.”
The notification further said, “In exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint (1) Konakanti Sreenivasa Reddy alias Srinivasa Reddy, (2) Gannamaneni
Ramakrishna Prasad, (3) Venkateswarlu Nimmagadda, (4) Tarlada Rajasekhar Rao, (5) Satti Subba Reddy, (6) Ravi Cheemalapati, and (7) Vaddiboyana Sujatha, to be Judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, in that order of seniority, with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices.”
The Central government also notified the appointment of Advocates V. Narasingh, Biraja Prasanna Satapathy and Murahari Sri Raman as the Judges of the Orissa High Court.
Further, Advocates Maninder Singh Bhatti, Dwarka Dhish Bansal and Milind Ramesh Phadke, apart from Judicial Officers Amar Nath (Kesharwani), Prakash Chandra Gupta and Dinesh Kumar Paliwal were appointed as Judges of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
The Supreme Court Collegium had recommended the name of Justice M.N. Bhandari in a resolution passed on December 14, 2021 and January 29, 2022.
Justice Bhandari became a judge in 2007 when he was appointed as a judge of the Rajasthan High Court on July 5 that year. He was then transferred to the Allahabad High Court and took oath as a judge on March 15, 2019.
He served as Acting Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court from June 26 2021 to October 10 2021, after the retirement of Chief Justice Sanjay Yadav.