Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the High Court of Tripura on Saturday. He was previously serving with the Gujarat High Court.
Governor Ramesh Bais administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kureshi at Old Raj Bhawan in Agartala. He has assumed office as the 5th Chief Justice of Tripura High Court. The oath-taking ceremony was held at 11 AM in the presence of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Devvarman, cabinet ministers, Tripura High Court Justices Subhashish Talapatra, Arindam Lodh and others.
Justice Kureshi has succeeded Chief Justice Sanjoy Karol, who was has been appointed as Chief Justice of the High Court of Patna.
In 2010, Justice Kureshi had sent incumbent Union Home Minister Amit Shah in police custody in connection with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. A Special CBI Court had later discharged Shah from the case due to lack of evidence in 2014.
Earlier, the Supreme Court Collegium had recommended Justice Kureshi, who was the senior-most judge from Gujarat High Court, for appointment as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. However, the Collegium later revised its recommendation with the modification that Justice AA Kureshi might be appointed as Chief Justice the High Court of Tripura.
The High Court of Tripura was established in 2013 with Deepak Gupta as its first Chief Justice. Previously, trials of High Court cases from the state were held at Agartala Bench of the Gauhati High Court.