AGARTALA — Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi, former Judge of the Gujarat and Bombay High Court, on Saturday finally took oath as the fifth Chief Justice of Tripura High Court after six months since Supreme Court collegium had recommended his elevation as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
The SC collegium’s recommendation of elevation of Justice Akil as head of the Madhya Pradesh High Court was not approved by the Department of Justice.
He was sworn-in by Tripura Governor Ramesh Bais at a simple ceremony, attended by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma, their cabinet colleagues, two other judges — Subhashish Talapatra and Arindam Lodh, at the Durbar Hall of the old Raj Bhavan here, reports IANS.
Leaders of different political parties, senior police officers, civil officials, and para-military officers were also present along with seven sitting judges of Bombay High Court and two sitting judges of Gujarat High Court.
Justice Sanjay Karol, who as heading the Tripura High Court, was recently appointed to the Patna High Court as chief justice. He was sworn in as Chief Justice of Patna High Court on November 11, 2019.
Days later, Justice Kureshi was appointed as chief justice of the Tripura High Court on November 8.
After keeping it pending for more than six months, the Department of Justice under the Union Ministry of Law and Justice last week notified the appointment of Justice Kureshi as Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court.
After the collegium on September 5 passed a resolution saying the Centre had twice returned the proposal of elevation of Justice Kureshi to the Madhya Pradesh High Court, the Gujarat High Advocates’ Association moved the apex court taking objection to the Centre’s reluctance on the appointment.
On September 19, the Supreme Court said a decision had been taken on the collegium recommendation for the elevation of Justice Kureshi and it will be published on the Supreme Court’s website.
However, the Collegium on September 20, modified its recommendation and approved the appointment of Justice Kureshi as Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court.
Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi was born on March 7, 1960 in Gujarat.
He served as the Gujarat High Court as justice from the year 2004 till November 2, 2018. In November 2018, he was posted as justice of Bombay High Court.
(With inputs from IANS)