HC chief justices superceded since 2005: law ministry
Twenty chief justices of various high courts were superseded at least once before they were elevated to the Supreme Court.delhi Updated: Apr 07, 2011 23:28 IST
Twenty chief justices of various high courts were superseded at least once before they were elevated to the Supreme Court. The law ministry disclosed details of such judges to an application under Right to Information Act (RTI), following Central Information Commission's direction.
It had earlier refused to share the information saying it did not maintain any such list.
The list provided to SC Agrawal says 20 judges were superseded since 2005.
Supreme Court judge justice HL Gokhale was superceded seven times in three years as chief justice of the Allahabad high court. He was transferred as chief justice of the Madras high court before his elevation to the SC in 2010. Justice Gokhale was superceded between 2007 and 2010.
The sitting SC judges who were superceded as HC chief justices include justice DK Jain, justice Markandeya Katju, justice VS Sripurkar, justice GS Singhvi, justice MK Sharma, justice AK Patnaik, justice Cyriac Joseph, justice JM Panchal, justice AK Ganguly, justice Swatanter Kumar, justice HL Dattu, justice RM Lodha, justice TS Thakur, justice BS Chauhan, justice KPS Radhakrishnan, justice AR Dave and justice CK Prasad.
Generally, chief justices of high courts, based on their seniority, are elevated as SC judges. The SC collegium approves the names of such judges. But in some cases, judges are elevated superseding seniors.
The law ministry also disclosed names of four judges whose files for appointment as high court judges were returned by the President in 2005.