Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Manjula Chellur is being made the Chief Justice of the High Court. The Law Ministry has sought the Kerala Government's consent for this. Her formal appointment is expected to come through within a fortnight, say Law Ministry sources.
She was a judge of the Karnataka High Court before she became Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court.
Along with this recommendation, the collegium of judges, headed by Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia, has recommended that Justice D. Murugesan, Judge of the Madras High Court, be made the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
The sources told The Hindu that the recommendation had been received from the Supreme Court. It will take three or four weeks for completing the process of appointment.
The other recommendations are: Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Arjan Kumar Sikri be made the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court. Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Judge of the Bombay High Court, be elevated as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
Acting Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court Sushil Harkauli, Justice Shiva Kirti Singh of Patna High Court and Justice Agarwal of Uttarakhand High Court are being transferred to Allahabad High Court.
Normally, at least one judge from a particular High Court will be the Chief Justice of any other High Court at any point of time. But according to statistics available with the Law Ministry, there is no Chief Justice hailing from the High Courts of Andhra Pradesh, Allahabad, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh and Guwahati.
As far as the Supreme Court is concerned there are five vacancies. Though appointments to the Supreme Court are not made on the basis of seniority or on regional considerations, yet, as per convention, every State is represented by at least one judge at any point of time. After the retirement of Justice Cyriac Joseph in January this year, there is no representation for Christians, though there are three Muslim judges. After the retirement of Justice Deepak Verma, Madhya Pradesh requires representation.