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A Month Left For Retirement of CJI Bobde, SC Collegium In Dealock Over Appointment of Justice Kureshi

The Current Chief Justice of India SA Bobde is about to retire in a month. However, the collegium led by him is yet to make its first recommendation of a judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court since he took office in November 2019. The collegium comprises CJI Bobde and Justices NV Ramana, Rohinton Nariman, U U Lalit and AM Khanwilkar. According to Indian Express, there is a lack of consensus in the collegium on recommending Justice Akil Kureshi, Chief Justice of Tripura High Court, to the apex court. The deadlock comes at a time when even as the process of appointment of at least six SC judges is due.
Two Supreme Court justices are set to retire next month: CJI SA Bobde and Justice Indu Malhotra. Moreover, Justices Ashok Bhushan, Rohinton Nariman and Navin Sinha will retire this year. The strength of Judges in Supreme Court should be 34. But currently, there are 4 vacancies.
Justice Kureshi is, currently, No. 2 in the all-India seniority list after Karnataka HC Chief Justice Abhay Oka who originally hails from Bombay HC. Justice Oka is set to retire in May 2022 while justice Kureshi will retire in March 2022. However, the SC collegium also gives prominence to Regional Representation. Currently, the Supreme Court has as many as Four judges from Bombay HC which includes CJI Bobde himself apart from justices AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, Bhushan Gavai. On the other hand, there is only one judge from the Gujarat HC- justice MR Shah. This is also justice Kureshi’s parent HC.

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