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Calcutta High Court acting Chief Justice set to be moved to Allahabad

Sources told The Indian Express that this significant move was one of the decisions taken by the Supreme Court collegium Thursday evening.

Justice Rajesh Bindal, Justice Rajesh Bindal transferred allahabad, sc collegium transfer rajesh bindal, trinamool congress rajesh bindal, Calcutta High court chief just transfer, indian express, express newsJustice Bindal was appointed as the acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court on April 29 just as West Bengal finished polling.

Justice Rajesh Bindal, acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court who was caught in a controversy in the standoff between the Trinamool Congress and the Centre after elections in West Bengal, is set to be appointed as Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, The Indian Express has learnt.

Sources said this significant move was one of the decisions taken by the Supreme Court collegium Thursday evening.

Although the collegium, of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices UU Lalit and AM Khanwilkar, has not formally notified these decisions, it is learnt that a number of recommendations were made on appointment of some Chief Justices along with transfers of some high court judges.

Justice Bindal was appointed as the acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court on April 29 just as West Bengal finished polling.

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However, in the political tussle that followed the election results between the TMC and the Centre in the courts, Justice Bindal’s decisions came under the scanner.

In May, Justice Arindam Sinha, a senior judge of the Calcutta High Court, in an unprecedented move, had written a letter to all judges of the high court, including Justice Bindal, raising questions over the acting Chief Justice’s intervention in the Narada sting case in transferring the case to the HC and staying the bail granted to four TMC leaders by a CBI court.

On May 17, when the four TMC leaders were granted bail by a special CBI court in Kolkata, the agency petitioned the HC in a letter urging the judges to transfer the trial from a special CBI court to the High Court and declare the proceedings in the lower court a nullity in the eyes of the law and conduct the proceedings afresh. Justice Bindal, as acting Chief Justice accepted the communication and stayed the decision of the CBI court in a hearing after regular court hours.

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Later, the HC, in a departure from rules set-up a five-judge bench to hear all cases connected to the polls.

Before his stint in the Calcutta HC, Justice Bindal whose parent high court is the Punjab and Haryana HC, was briefly the acting Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in December 2020. His tenure ends on April 15, 2023, if not elevated to the SC.

Currently, eight high courts, Allahabad, Calcutta, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Sikkim and Telangana have acting Chief Justices. Justice Meenkashi Madan Rai, acting Chief Justice of Sikkim HC is currently, the only woman Chief Justice of a High Court in the country.

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On September 3, the collegium made 68 recommendations including 10 women, for appointment as high court judges. The centre is yet to act on these names. The collegium’s determined bid to fill vacancies came weeks after the collegium made nine recommendations for appointment as SC judges, breaking a nearly two-year deadlock between the body of top judges. All nine names were cleared by the Centre in just two weeks.

First published on: 17-09-2021 at 11:48 IST
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