Published On: Wed, Jan 16th, 2019

Bar Council expresses strong resentment over judges elevation to Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Chairman of the Bar Council of India, M K Mishra said on Wednesday that there is strong resentment among several judges on the issue of elevation of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari to the Supreme Court.

BCI Chairman M K Mishra in New Delhi on Wednesday.

“There is strong resentment among several judges. Names of Justice Menon and Justice Nandrajog were recommended in December. Now suddenly collegium has taken a U-turn after 20-25 days,” said M K Mishra.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday appointed Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna as Supreme Court judges.
Justice Maheshwari is the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court while Justice Khanna is a judge of the Delhi High Court.

The Supreme Court Collegium on January 10 recommended their elevation.

The Collegium decision got mired in a major controversy, with former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha and some others from the judicial fraternity raising questions.

Bar Council of India, while commenting on the elevation of High Court judges Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Sanjiv Khanna to the Supreme Court, said its delegation will meet the Collegium to ask for recall of the decision and “If they don’t do it, we’ll sit on a dharna.”

The apex court is presently functioning with 26 judges as against the sanctioned strength of 31, leaving five clear vacancies.


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