The Supreme Court Collegium recommended the appointment of new chief justices to six high courts on Tuesday, including the transfer of Telangana High Court CJ Satish Chandra Sharma to the Delhi High Court, which had been without a CJ since March 12.
After nearly two weeks of intensive debate, the Collegium, which included CJI N.V. Ramana and Justices U.U. Lalit and A.M. Khanwilkar, finalized the names of five judges from various HCs for nomination as CJs and recommended that they be appointed by the Centre.
According to the recommendation, Delhi HC’s acting CJ Vipin Sanghi would become CJ of Uttarakhand HC, Bombay HC’s Justice Amjad A Sayed would be CJ of Himachal Pradesh HC, Bombay HC’s Justice S.S. Shinde would be CJ of Rajasthan HC, Gujarat HC’s Justice Rashmin M Chhaya would be CJ of Guwahati HC, and Justice Ujjal Bhuyan (whose parent HC is Guwahati) as CJ of Telengana.
Sharma, 60, was appointed as an additional judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in January 2008, and transferred to the Karnataka High Court on January 4, 2021, where he became interim Chief Justice on August 31, last year. On October 11, 2016, he was named Chief Justice of Telangana.
Justice Sanghi, son of famed barrister G.L. Sanghi, was appointed as an additional judge to the Delhi High Court in May 2006 and became its acting CJ on March 13 this year.