The controversy over the Supreme Court's recommendation to shift Karnataka Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran to the Sikkim High Court took a new turn on Monday, after an official announcement that Jammu and Kashmir High Court Chief Justice Barin Ghosh would be sworn in as Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court on Tuesday, as per an earlier decision.

According to an official statement issued in Gangtok, Mr. Justice Ghosh would be sworn in at 5 p.m. on Tuesday by acting Governor M.K. Narayanan at the Raj Bhavan.

President Pratibha Patil had issued a warrant appointing Mr. Justice Ghosh as the Chief Justicet, before the Supreme Court collegium recommended the shifting of Mr. Justice Dinakaran to Sikkim.

Speaking to The Hindu on Tuesday, senior officials of the Union Law Ministry said: “As of now, we have not received any communication on the collegium's decision.”

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