Updated: May 6, 2022 12:51:10 am
The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the names of Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia, who is currently Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, and Justice Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala for elevation to the top court.
The Collegium headed by CJI N V Ramana cleared the names. Other members of the Collegium are Justices U U Lalit, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao.
Justice Pardiwala is in line to become the Chief Justice of India upon retirement of Justice P S Narasimha as CJI in May 2028.
Justice Dhulia, who comes from Madanpur village in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district, had his early education in Dehradun and Allahabad and is an alumni of Sainik School, Lucknow. He completed his graduation and Law from Allahabad University.
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He joined the Bar at Allahabad High Court in 1986 and shifted to Uttarakhand on its formation in 2000. He was the first Chief Standing Counsel in Uttarakhand HC and was later an Additional Advocate General for Uttarakhand government. Designated as a senior advocate in 2004, he was elevated as Uttarakhand HC judge in November 2008 and went on to be Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court in January 2021.
Justice Pardiwala was born in Mumbai and went to St Joseph Convent School in his hometown Valsad, Gujarat.
He graduated from J P Arts College, Valsad, and secured a Law degree from K M Mulji Law College, Valsad, in 1988.
With a sanctioned strength of 34 judges, Supreme Court currently has a strength of 32 judges. The number of vacancies will go up to four soon when Justice Vineet Saran retires on May 10 and Justice Nageswara Rao demits office on June 7.
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