Six new additional judges took oath at the Calcutta High Court on Thursday, while another judge was given a formal farewell. The new appointments and the retirement of a judge will take the strength of judges at the high court to 35 against a sanctioned strength of 72.
Rajsekhar Mantha, Sabyashachi Bhattacharya, Pratik Prakash Banerjee, Mousumi Bhattacharyya, Rajjorshi Bhattacharyya and Shekhar B Sharaf were administered the oath as additional judges by Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwari.
Justice Rajiv Sharma, who is due to retire on September 25, was given a formal farewell by the high court administration today as the courts would be closed for Durga Puja holidays from September 23.
The high court, which has a backlog of nearly three lakh pending cases, was down to a strength of 30 judges following retirement of former acting chief justice Nishita Mhatre on September 18.