In Ranjan Gogoi, northeast will have representation in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will soon get a judge representing the north-eastern States.

Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who hails from Assam, has been recommended by the Collegium of Judges — headed by Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia — for elevation to the Supreme Court.

Sources in the Union Law Ministry told The Hindu that the recommendation had been received, and it would take three-four weeks for completing the process of appointment.

Justice Gogoi, who became a permanent judge of the Gauhati High Court on February 28, 2001, was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 9, 2010. He became its Chief Justice on February 12, 2011. He will have tenure of little over seven years in the Supreme Court and a chance to become the Chief Justice in 2018, after Justice Dipak Misra's superannuation.

Meanwhile, President Pratibha Patil has cleared the appointment of Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla as a Supreme Court judge. The warrant of appointment is expected in a couple of days. Justice Kalifulla, who hails from Tamil Nadu, will be the second judge to represent the Madras High Court, after Justice P. Sathasivam.

Justice Kalifulla was transferred to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in February 2011. He became its acting Chief Justice in April 2011 and regular Chief Justice in September. He will have tenure of little over four years in the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court's present strength of judges is 25, against the sanctioned strength of 31.Though appointments are not made on the basis of seniority or regional considerations, as per convention, every State is represented by at least one judge at any point of time.

After Justice Cyriac Joseph retired in January, there is no representation for Christians. Of the 25 judges, three each are from the Bombay, Delhi and Patna High Courts; two each from the Rajasthan, Punjab and Orissa High Courts; and one each from the High Courts of Calcutta, Madras, Gujarat, Allahabad, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand.

Though the Punjab and Haryana High Court is represented in the Supreme Court, there is no representation for Haryana as such, and a bigger High Court like the Allahabad High Court has only one representation.

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