CHIEF Justices of 3 High Courts Elevated As Supreme Court Judges

JUSTICE  Indira Banerjee , Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, her counterpart  of the Uttarakhand High Court Justice K M Joseph and the Chief Justice  of Odisha  High Court  Vineet Saran have been elevated  to the Supreme Court  of India .Their names were recommended by  the Collegium comprising  the apex court’s senior most judges, They have all turned   sixty and expected  to remain  in the august  offices  till they  become 65 –year-old as per the prescribed  norm. Presently, the retirement age of SC judges is 65 and that of High Court judges is 62. Government proposes to enhance their retirement age by two years.  Indira Banerjee, who is an alumnus of Kolkata’s Loreto House and the Presidency College, had joined the Kolkata High Court Bar before becoming a judge of the same high court. Appointed by then President Pranab Mukherjee, as Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Indira Banerjee, was born on 24 September 1957, was the second woman to head the chartered High Court after Kanta Kumari Bhatnagar .After completing schooling at the Loreto House; she pursued her higher education at the Presidency College and Calcutta University’s College of Law. She was enrolled as an advocate on 5 July 1985 and practised before the Calcutta High Court. Indira Banerjee was appointed as a permanent Judge of the Calcutta High Court on 5 February 2002 and transferred to the Delhi High Court with effect from 8 August 2016. With Justice Banerjee’s elevation, the Supreme Court will have three woman sitting judges. Justice R Banumathi from Tamil Nadu and Justice Indu Malhotra from Delhi are the other two. Ending protracted deadlock with the judiciary, the Government has agreed to the Supreme Court Collegium’s decision reiterating its recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph to the Supreme Court. The Government  had reservation about  justice  KM Joseph’s  elevation citing  that in the seniority  list of high court judges,  he ranked  42nd .Joseph, a second  generation judge, is from Kerala  where  he was judge  of the state High Court for nine  years  after practising as an advocate. Justice Vineet Saran, a native of Uttar Pradesh, was born in a Zamindar family of Bijnor .He  graduated from Allahabad University in 1976 and obtained LL.B. Degree in   1979/80 and then was enrolled as an advocate with the U.P. Bar Council and practised in the Allahabad High Court on the original, constitution, civil and criminal sides. He was also Additional Advocate General for the State of U.P. in 1995 before his elevation as a permanent Judge of Allahabad High Court. He was later transferred to Karnataka High Court before becoming Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court on 26th February 2016.

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