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Former CJI Gogoi Nominated to Rajya Sabha

Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has been nominated to Rajya Sabha. Gogoi served as the 46th Chief Justice of India from 03 October 2018 to 17 November 2019.

16 Mar 2020
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Justice Bobde takes oath of 47the Chief Justice of India

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has taken oath as the 47th Chief Justice of India. Justice Bobde was administered oath of office by President of India Ram Nath Kovind who succeeded CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

Justice Bobde too was part of the five-judge constitution bench that rendered a unanimous verdict to put the curtains down on the vexatious Ayodhya land dispute which was pending in courts since 1950. Justice Bobde will have a tenure of over 17 months as the CJI and is due to retire on April 23, 2021.

18 Nov 2019
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Former CJI Gogoi Nominated to Rajya Sabha

By IndianMandarins 16 Mar 2020

Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has been nominated to Rajya Sabha. Gogoi served as the 46th Chief Justice of India from 03 October 2018 to 17 November 2019.

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Justice Bobde takes oath of 47the Chief Justice of India

By IndianMandarins 18 Nov 2019

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has taken oath as the 47th Chief Justice of India. Justice Bobde was administered oath of office by President of India Ram Nath Kovind who succeeded CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

Justice Bobde too was part of the five-judge constitution bench that rendered a unanimous verdict to put the curtains down on the vexatious Ayodhya land dispute which was pending in courts since 1950. Justice Bobde will have a tenure of over 17 months as the CJI and is due to retire on April 23, 2021.

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SC Collegium gets its first woman judge after a decade

By IndianMandarins 18 Nov 2019

After the retirement of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice R Banumathi will be inducted into the Supreme Court collegium. Justice Banumathi has been in the news recently for dealing with P Chidambaram’s bail plea. She will be the first woman judge after more than 13 years to be part of the collegiums as Ruma Pal was the last woman member of the collegium.

SA Bobde will be sworn in as new chief justice of India on November 18 succeeding Gogoi. Justice Banumathi’s induction too will also take place on the same day. As part of the collegium, she will have her say in all appointments to the top courts, which has only had eight woman judges since Independence.

Justice Banumathi is the first woman judge from Tamil Nadu and was chief justice of the Jharkhand High Court. As a Madras High Court judge, she had banned jallikattu sport that had been challenged by animal rights activists as being “cruel.”

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Justice Bobde appointed as 47th CJI; to take charge on November 18

By IndianMandarins 29 Oct 2019

After the incumbent Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi recommended name of Sharad Arvind Bobde to be the next CJI, the Presidential warrant has followed the recommendation now. Justice Bobde is all set to become 47th CJI after President Ram Nath Kovind on October 29 has signed a warrant appointing the 63-year-old senior-most Supreme Court judge to the post.

Justice Bobde will take charge of the top court on November 18, a day after the present CJI demits office. Justice Bobde is part of the five-judge constitution bench hearing the longest running Ayodhya case and in which the order is expected by November 18, before CJI Gogoi retires. Justice Bobde was elevated to the Supreme Court in April 2012 after serving as chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh high court.

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Justice Bobde to succeed CJI Ranjan Gogoi next month

By IndianMandarins 19 Oct 2019

Following the rule of seniority to appoint successor, the outgoing Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has recommended Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde’s name in a letter to the Centre. Justice Bobde is the senior-most judge in the Apex Court after CJI Gogoi who will be retiring on November 17 this year.

Conventionally, the outgoing CJI sends the recommendation for his successor 30 days before demitting office and that is considered as the countdown of the process of appointing the next CJI. Justice Bobde is likely to assume office on November 18 as the 47th Chief Justice of India.

It was Justice Bobde who played a key role in settling differences between the four Supreme Court judges who held a press conference against then CJI Dipak Misra in January 2018.

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SC Seeks Centre's View on Bringing All Tribunals Under One Umbrella

By IndianMandarins 28 Mar 2019

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought to know from the Centre within two weeks its view on bringing all the quasi-judicial bodies under one central umbrella body. The apex court said it does not like to be bogged down with what is right or wrong and all it wants is that "the tribunals work efficiently and independently".

 

This observation of the court came during the course of a Constitution Bench hearing the case filed by the Madras Bar Association on the issues plaguing Tribunals across India.

 

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi headed the Bench, which also comprised Justices NV Ramana, DY Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.

 

Standing for the petitioner, Senior Advocate Arvind Datar pointed out that there are presently 93 Tribunals, including all quasi-judicial bodies. Gogoi stated that there are 36 major Tribunals which can be classified based on the subject matter they deal with.

The Bench also touched upon the expertise of persons heading these bodies. The CJI noted: “Often times, a person has worked in a certain area of law till the age of 58-59, and then suddenly they are appointed as members of a tribunal dealing with a whole different subject matter.”

 

He added “There is no dispute today that most of the tribunals are non-functional.”

A practical solution, in his view, was to have as few of them as possible.

 

Datar went on to highlight the problems Tribunals across the country are facing. He cited the example of the National Green Tribunal, which is only functioning in Delhi, despite having benches across the country. He also highlighted the lack of infrastructure and inadequate budgetary allocation to these bodies. He further submitted “Different Tribunals are administered by different administrating bodies. There is no uniformity on administration.”

 

After Datar concluded his submissions, Attorney General KK Venugopal began his arguments addressing the issue of vacancies, and submitted a report on the same to the Bench.

 

He then apprised the Court of the steps taken by the government in an attempt to fill vacancies in Tribunals. The steps taken included issuance of circulars, sending of applications to the Supreme Court as regards current vacancies, as well as anticipated vacancies, Venugopal submitted.

 

At this juncture, the Bench summoned Supreme Court Registrar PK Sharma, seeking details on the applications forwarded to the Court. After a brief discussion, it came to light that proposals for appointments to the Debts Recovery Tribunal and Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunal were received three days ago.

 

After Venugopal concluded his arguments, the Bench asked the Centre to file an affidavit stating the procedure and time within which the Court’s previous order vis-a-vis Tribunals will be implemented. It was emphasised that the Central Administrative Tribunal, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board, the Armed Forces Tribunal, the National Green Tribunal and the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal require immediate attention.

 

The Court also stated that the earlier recommendations made with respect to the National Company Tribunal and National Company Appellate Tribunal be implemented within two weeks.

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S C dismisses states' plea on DGP appointments

By IndianMandarins 18 Jan 2019

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the pleas of five states seeking modification of its order issued last year on the selection and appointment of director generals of police (DGPs) while hearing applications of various state governments, including Punjab, Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar, seeking implementation of their local laws regarding the selection and appointment of DGPs.


A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the earlier directions of the court on selection and appointment of DGPs were issued in larger public interest and to protect the police officials from political interference.


On December 12 last year, the SC had extended till January 31 the tenures of the present DGPs of Punjab and Haryana and agreed to hear the states’ pleas seeking implementation of their local laws regarding the selection and appointment of the police chief.


DGPs Suresh Arora (Punjab) and BS Sandhu (Haryana) were due to retire on December 31 last year and will now remain in office till January 31 according to the earlier order of the apex court.


Several states were seeking modification of the apex court’s earlier order directing all the states to mandatorily take the assistance of the UPSC in short-listing the names for appointing DGPs.


The top court, on July 3 last year, had passed a slew of directions on police reforms in the country and chronicled the steps for appointment of regular DGPs.


It said the states will have to send a list of senior police officers to the UPSC at least three months prior to the retirement of the incumbent.


The commission will then prepare a panel and intimate the states, which in turn will immediately appoint one of the persons from that list.


Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Kerala, and West Bengal told the court that they have already framed a comprehensive law, dealing with the procedures to appoint the DGP, in pursuance of the 2006 apex court verdict on police reforms.


The apex court, while deciding the PIL filed by former DGPs Prakash Singh and N K Singh in 2006, issued several directions, including the setting up of a state security commission to ensure the government does not exercise unwarranted influence on the police.


It said the appointment of DGPs and police officers should be merit-based and transparent and officers like DGPs and superintendents of police (SPs) should have a minimum fixed tenure of two years.


However, when states enacted laws providing a mechanism for DGP selection, the apex court on July 3 last year kept the state laws in abeyance.


It earlier passed directions on police reforms and restrained all states and Union Territories from appointing any police officer as acting DGP.


The directions had come on an application filed by the Centre in which it claimed that certain states have been appointing acting DGPs and then making them permanent just before the date of their superannuation to enable them to get the benefit of an additional two-year tenure till the age of 62 years.


The apex court, on September 8, 2017, agreed to hear a clutch of pleas observing that its historic 2006 verdict on police reforms, recommending steps like fixed tenures for DGPs and SPs, has not yet been implemented by states and Union territories.

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With four new judges SC gains strength (28/31)

By IndianMandarins 02 Nov 2018

With the appointment of four new judges for Supreme Court, within 48 hours of Collegium recommendation, the working strength of the SC has risen to 28 against the sanctioned strength of 31.

 

CJI Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had on Tuesday, recommended the names of Justices Hemant Gupta (CJ, MP High Court), Ajay Rastogi (CJ, Tripura HC), M R Shah (CJ, Patna HC) and R Subhash Reddy (CJ, Gujarat HC) for their elevation as SC Judges.  The Law Ministry, on Thursday night, notified these appointments.

 

The development is also being seen as a break from the past differences between the SC & the Govt. It may be recalled that the Centre had once sat on Justice K M Joseph’s file for months despite SC Collegium's recommendation for his elevation.

 

This year, two SC judges -- Justices Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph -- are set to retire top court, while Justice AK Sikri would demit office in March 2019.

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