Judges’ elevation: SC Collegium reiterates names of 2 judges govt sent back, adds 2 more



By Ananthakrishnan G Despite reservations expressed by the Centre, the Supreme Court Collegium has reiterated its decision to recommend Justices Aniruddha Bose and A S Bopanna as judges of the top court. The five-member Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also decided to recommend the names of Justices Bhushan R Gavai and Surya Kant for elevation to the Supreme Court. Justice Bose is Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court and Bopanna the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court. Justice Surya Kant is Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court while Justice Gavai is presently a judge of Bombay High Court. Recommending Justice Gavai On April 12, the Collegium, also comprising Justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana, Arun Mishra and R F Nariman, had cleared the names of Justices Bose and Bopanna for the Supreme Court. The Centre, however, returned the file to the Chief Justice of India for reconsideration. The Collegium, after it 1 of 1998 reported in (1998) 7 SCC 739, though inter-se seniority amongst Judges in their High Courts and their combined seniority on all-India basis should be given due weightage, merit should be the predominant consideration. The Collegium accordingly kept in mind these parameters while recommending the above two names The official resolution said that On Justices Gavai and Surya Kant, the resolution said that while recommending their names, The Collegium, it said, We are also conscious of the fact that some High Courts have remained unrepresented in the Supreme Court Justice Gavai was appointed judge of the Bombay High Court on November 14, 2003 and stands at serial number 8 in the combined seniority of High Court judges on all-India basis and was at serial number 4 in the seniority of judges hailing from Bombay High Court. Justice Surya Kant was appointed judge of the Punjab Haryana High Court on January 9, 2004 and was elevated as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court on October 5, 2018. He stands at serial number 11 in the combined seniority of High Court judges on all-India basis and at number 2 in the seniority of judges hailing from Punjab Haryana HC.