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Justice Arun Mishra retires today; AG Venugopal terms him ‘iron judge of the SC’

Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde and senior members of the Bar bid farewell to Justice Arun Mishra, who retires as a judge of the Supreme Court today (02.09.2020). Attorney General K K Venugopal, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Supreme Court Bar Association President Dushyant Dave and Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association President Shivaji Jadhav were among the lawyers logged in to Court 1 to address Justice Mishra on his last day in office. 

As per tradition, Justice Mishra shared the Bench with CJI Bobde on his last working day. CJI Bobde remarked that it was the very first time that he and Justice Mishra were sitting together, and would be the last time too. He said, “You have been a beacon of courage and fortitude in discharging your duties."

Justice Arun Mishra said that over the course of his career as a judge, he has "dealt with every case with his conscience."

Justice Mishra also said that whatever he could do "came from the Supreme powers of this Court".

Paying tribute to the Bar, he said, "I always tried to borrow the weapon of power given to me by my learned brothers. All of you were the power behind whatever I have done."

He further added that "I have learned so much from the members of the Bar. So many branches of law I have learned from the Bar members. You can master the facts but there are so many local laws... And the interpretation of those by lawyers."

Justice Mishra also said "Sometimes I have been very harsh in my conduct directly or indirectly. Nobody should feel hurt. Analyze every Judgment and don't color it this way or that way. If I have hurt anybody then please pardon me, pardon me, pardon me."

Referring to the Prashant Bhushan contempt case that he heard and decided, Justice Mishra stated, "...even in the last case of contempt, AG said that he didn't want any punishment (for Prashant Bhushan) but.....".

While Attorney General KK Venugopal addressed Justice Mishra as the "iron judge of the Supreme Court".

02 Sep 2020
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Javed Iqbal Wani appointed as J&K High Court Judge

President of India Ram Nath Kovind appointed Javed Iqbal Wani as a Judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. He also served as an additional advocate general of Jammu and Kashmir High Court for nearly 11 months in 2019. Wani’s appointment was recommended on January 22 by the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde.

 

Now the strength of the HC will increase to 13 against the total strength of 17. This is for the first time after 2013 that a Kashmiri has been elevated as a judge of the High Court from Bar quota. The last such appointment was made in 2013 when Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey was appointed as judge of the High Court.

11 Jun 2020
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Justice Arun Mishra retires today; AG Venugopal terms him ‘iron judge of the SC’

By IndianMandarins 02 Sep 2020

Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde and senior members of the Bar bid farewell to Justice Arun Mishra, who retires as a judge of the Supreme Court today (02.09.2020). Attorney General K K Venugopal, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Supreme Court Bar Association President Dushyant Dave and Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association President Shivaji Jadhav were among the lawyers logged in to Court 1 to address Justice Mishra on his last day in office. 

As per tradition, Justice Mishra shared the Bench with CJI Bobde on his last working day. CJI Bobde remarked that it was the very first time that he and Justice Mishra were sitting together, and would be the last time too. He said, “You have been a beacon of courage and fortitude in discharging your duties."

Justice Arun Mishra said that over the course of his career as a judge, he has "dealt with every case with his conscience."

Justice Mishra also said that whatever he could do "came from the Supreme powers of this Court".

Paying tribute to the Bar, he said, "I always tried to borrow the weapon of power given to me by my learned brothers. All of you were the power behind whatever I have done."

He further added that "I have learned so much from the members of the Bar. So many branches of law I have learned from the Bar members. You can master the facts but there are so many local laws... And the interpretation of those by lawyers."

Justice Mishra also said "Sometimes I have been very harsh in my conduct directly or indirectly. Nobody should feel hurt. Analyze every Judgment and don't color it this way or that way. If I have hurt anybody then please pardon me, pardon me, pardon me."

Referring to the Prashant Bhushan contempt case that he heard and decided, Justice Mishra stated, "...even in the last case of contempt, AG said that he didn't want any punishment (for Prashant Bhushan) but.....".

While Attorney General KK Venugopal addressed Justice Mishra as the "iron judge of the Supreme Court".

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Javed Iqbal Wani appointed as J&K High Court Judge

By IndianMandarins 11 Jun 2020

President of India Ram Nath Kovind appointed Javed Iqbal Wani as a Judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. He also served as an additional advocate general of Jammu and Kashmir High Court for nearly 11 months in 2019. Wani’s appointment was recommended on January 22 by the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde.

 

Now the strength of the HC will increase to 13 against the total strength of 17. This is for the first time after 2013 that a Kashmiri has been elevated as a judge of the High Court from Bar quota. The last such appointment was made in 2013 when Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey was appointed as judge of the High Court.

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Justice Dharmadhikari sworn in as Chief Justice of Bombay HC

By IndianMandarins 21 Mar 2020

Justice Bhushan P Dharmadhikari, who was appointed as acting chief justice last month, has been sworn in as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court on March 20 by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

It was necessitated after the retirement of former Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog. The SC Collegium recommended elevation of Justice B P Dharmadhikari as permanent Chief0 Justice of the Bombay High Court. A notification was issued earlier this week by the President of India appointed him as Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.

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SC Collegium next week: Allahabad HC may have a chance!

By IndianMandarins 12 Feb 2020

If some well-placed sources are to be believed the Supreme Court Collegium meeting is likely to be held on February 18, 2020 to take up recommendations made for several posts of judges in various high courts.

Reportedly, the Collegium may take a call on the long-pending recommendations for Allahabad HC as well. It may be underlined here that Allahabad HC had made a recommendation for 18 posts of judges in April 2019 which is still awaiting a nod of Union Law Ministry.

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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 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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Five High Courts to get new Chief Justice

By IndianMandarins 18 Oct 2019

Meghalaya, Jharkhand, Madras, Madhya Pradesh and Patna high courts will get new chief justices as the SC Collegium has recommended appointment of Chief Justices of these five High Courts. The Collegium recommended transfer of Patna HC Chief Justice AP Sahi to the Madras HC. Rajasthan HC Judge Mohammad Rafiq has been elevated to Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court.

Justice Vineet Kothari has been appointed as Acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court while AK Mittal has been made Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court. The Collegium has recommended transfer of Chief Justice Mittal to the Madhya Pradesh HC and Tripura High Court Chief Justice Sanjay Karol to Patna HC as Chief Justice. It has also recommended elevation of Punjab & Haryana High Court Judge Ravi Ranjan as Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court.

The Collegium also decided to recommend transfer of Patna High Court Judge Rakesh Kumar to the Andhra Pradesh High Court and approved the proposal for elevation of Wanlura Diengdoh, Judicial Officer, as Judge of the Meghalaya High Court, advocates Moksha Kazmi and Rajnesh Oswal as judges of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

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SC full strength: Will the burden on courts ease out?

By IndianMandarins 24 Sep 2019

With lots of high profile cases pending in the Supreme Court, the complete strength of apex court gives a sigh of relief to all and sundry. Most of the courts across the country face shortage of judges resultantly delay in disposal of ever piling up cases but four more judges taking over charges in the Supreme Court would address the issue of pending cases.

 

The government recently increasing the number of SC judges from 31 to 34 on request of CJI will expedite the process of disposal of pending cases. The SC has to deal with almost every high profile cases from Ramjanmabhoomi to Aadhar case. Sources said that that recently the collegium appointed over a dozen of judges in Allahabad High Court too. So not only bureaucratic appointments but appointment in judiciary is equally important in terms of governance.

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