September 22, 2019 | 3:32 AM IST
MP High Court

Centre appoints Justice RS Jha as ACJ of MP HC; Holds back CJI’s choice

The Centre appointed Justice Ravi Shanker Jha as the Acting Chief Justice (ACJ) of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday holding back Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi’s recommendation to appoint senior most judge from the parent High Court of Gujarat, Justice Akil A Kureshi for the said post.

The ACJ has been notified and he will succeed Justice Sanjay Kumar Seth whose superannuation is due in June. The order was issued on Thursday by the ministry of Law and Justice under the Article 223 (appointment of Acting Chief Justice) to appoint justice Jha.  

It may be recalled that on May 10, the Collegium led by CJI had recommended Justice Kureshi to the office of Chief Justice of MP as he was the senior most judge from the Gujarat High Court functioning on transfer in the Bombay High Court. It said the Justice Kureshi was ‘suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court’. 

However, the resume of Justice Akil Kureshi failed to impress the government. The other recommendations made on May 10 and that are still awaiting notification include that of Justice Vikram Nath as Chief justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court and Justice V Ramasubramanian as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.

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