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Former Patna HC judge elevated to Supreme Court

Justice Navin Sinha is among the five judges recommended by the Supreme Court collegium for appointment to the top court.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2017 16:21 IST
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Justice Navin Sinha
Justice Navin Sinha(File photo)

Chief justice of the Rajasthan high court, justice Navin Sinha, a former judge of the Patna high court, has been elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court. He will be sworn in on Friday.

Justice Sinha was among the five judges recommended by the Supreme Court collegium for appointment to the top court.

The others were Madras HC chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Chhattisgarh high court chief justice Dipak Gupta, Kerala HC chief justice Mohan M Shantanagouder and justice S Abdul Nazeer of the Karnataka HC.

Appointed as a judge of the Patna high court on February 11, 2004,.justice Sinha was transferred to the Chhattisgarh high court in July 2014. He became the acting chief justice of Chhattisgarh high court in October 2014 and was confirmed as its chief justice in April 2015.

He was appointed chief justice of the Rajasthan high court in May 2016.

Justice Sinha is credited with championing computerisation of the Patna, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan high courts. It was under him that the Chhattisgarh high court became the second in the country to introduce payment of court fee electronically, followed by the Rajasthan HC.

Justice Sinha did his schooling at St Xavier’s High School, Patna, and passed out in 1972. He moved on to New Delhi to do his graduation from Hindu College and did his LLB from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, in 1979.

Born on August 19, 1956, justice Sinha is the son of the late Benoy Sinha, who superannuated as additional secretary, ministry of power, government of India, and Indu Sinha, a social worker, who was actively associated with the Indian Red Cross Society, Patna chapter.

Justice Sinha is grandson of reputed lawyer and the first advocate general of Bihar, Babu Baldev Sahay, and maternal grandson of Padma Bhushan the Late Dr Raghunath Saran, a personal physician to the first President of India Dr Rajendra Prasad.