J. Venkatesan

New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil has appointed Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Mukundan Sharma a Judge of the Supreme Court with effect from the date he takes charge.

Mr. Justice Sharma (61), who hails from Assam, will represent the north-east. He will have a tenure of over three years.

Justice H. K. Sema, who represents the north-east at present, is due to retire on June 1.

Mr. Justice Sharma, who was appointed a permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court in 1994, became the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court in December 2006.

Madras High Court Chief Justice A. P. Shah is being shifted as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. He succeeds Justice Sharma. Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court A. K. Ganguly will be the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court. The President has also cleared the appointment of advocate S. Satyanarayanan as a Judge of the Madras High Court.

According to Law Ministry sources, the warrant of appointment is expected in a couple of days after the completion of certain formalities.

The name of advocate K. Kannan has been forwarded to the Supreme Court collegium for fresh consideration for appointment as a Madras High Court Judge along with the comments of the Tamil Nadu government.