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Supreme Court Collegium proposes elevation of Justice S Vaidyanathan as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court

The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the name of Justice S. Vaidyanathan of the Madras High Court for elevation as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court.

A resolution notified on the website of the Supreme Court said that the Collegium, led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud, considered Justice Vaidyanathan’s contribution to the judiciary by way of disposal of cases, during his tenure of 10 years as a judge of the Madras High Court.

The Collegium, also comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, noted that Justice Vaidyanathan had acquired considerable experience in dispensing justice in one of the largest High Courts of the country

It said Justice Vaidyanathan has authored 1219 reported judgments, of which 692 were delivered during the past five years. Besides, Justice Vaidyanathan was the senior-most puisne judge in his parent High Court, it pointed out.

The resolution said Justice Vaidyanathan was a competent judge with humility, judicial temperament and unimpeachable integrity.

The Collegium further considered the fact that Madras High Court, which was one of the largest High Courts, currently had only one judge as Chief Justice of High Courts across the country.

Justice Vaidyanathan was appointed as a judge of the Madras High Court on October 25, 2013. He enrolled at the Bar in 1986 and practiced before the Madras High Court and various tribunals. His area of practice was labour, service, criminal and company matters.

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