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Supreme Court Collegium recommends elevation of Bombay HC Chief Justice to Supreme Court

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The name of the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, Dipankar Datta, has been recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium for elevation as judge of the Supreme Court.

The Collegium took the decision during its meeting held on September 26.

A notification issued by the Apex Court said, “The Supreme Court Collegium, in its meeting held on 26th September, 2022, has recommended elevation of Justice Dipankar Datta, Chief Justice (PHC: Calcutta), as Judge of Bombay High Court (PHC: Calcutta), as Judge of the Supreme Court. Calcutta, as Judge of India.”

Datta was born in 1965 in a family having legal background. His father, late Salil Kumar Datta, was a former Judge of the Calcutta High Court, while his brother-in-law Justice Amitava Roy, had served as Judge of the Supreme Court. 

After acquiring LL.B degree from the Hazra Law College, University of Calcutta, Datta enrolled as an Advocate on November 16, 1989. He practised at the Calcutta High Court and also worked as a state panel lawyer. 

The versatile lawyer, who was among the first batch of students completing the five-year Law course in 1989, also practiced at other High Courts, besides the Supreme Court. He specialised in Constitutional matters and Civil cases. 

Datta has been the Counsel for the Union government since 1998. He was elevated as permanent Judge of Calcutta High Court on June 22, 2006. Datta took over as the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court on April 28, 2020.

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