SC Collegium approves appointment of Justice Kausik Chanda as permanent judge of Calcutta High Court

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New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): The Supreme Court of India collegium in a meeting held on Tuesday approved the proposal for the appointment of Justice Kausik Chanda, an additional judge of the Calcutta High Court as a permanent judge of the High Court, said an official statement by the Supreme Court of India on Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Supreme Court Collegium has issued a statement recommending names of nine judges, including three women judges from which one could become the first woman Chief Justice of India.

The Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana recommends nine names to the Central government for the appointment as judges to the top court. The meeting of Collegium was held on August 17.

The names include Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court AS Oka, Gujarat High Court Chief Justice Vikram Nath, JK Maheshwari of Sikkim High Court, Kerala High Court judge CT Ravikumar, Madras High Court judge MM Sundresh.

The three women judges recommended by the Collegium are Justice BV Nagarathna of the Karnataka High Court, Justice Hima Kohli of Telangana High Court, and Bela Trivedi of the Gujarat High Court.

If Collegium's recommendation is considered and Justice BV Nagarathna is elevated to the top court as a judge, then she could likely become India's first woman Chief Justice of India in 2027.

The name of senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha, advocate practicing at the Supreme Court was also recommended by the Collegium. Narasimha will be the ninth lawyer ever to be appointed directly from the Bar to the Supreme Court if his recommendation is cleared by the Central government.

The Supreme Court Collegium comprises of five senior-most judges, led by the Chief Justice, Justices Uday Umesh Lalit, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, and L Nageswara Rao.

The Supreme Court - which has a sanctioned strength of 34 judges, including the Chief Justice, is functioning with only 24 judges and with the retirement of Justice Navin Sinha today, the actual strength of the apex court has come down to 23 judges. (ANI)

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