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Criticism Falls on Deaf Ears: Chief Justice of Karnataka HC Dinesh Maheshwari, Delhi HC Judge Sanjiv Khanna Appointed as SC Judges

In a strongly-worded letter, Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra called SC Collegium's decision "improper" and "unjust".

President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Dinesh Maheshwari and Delhi High Court judge Sanjiv Khanna as judges of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, January 16.

The Supreme Court collegium’s decision to appoint Justice Maheshwari and judge Khanna met with strong resentment. The new SC Collegium comprising of the five senior most judges — CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice AK Sikri, Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana and Justice Arun Mishra — formed after the retirement of Justice Madan Lokur, took the decision on January 10 by overturning the December 12 decision of the collegium to elevate Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court, and Justice Rajendra Menon, Chief Justice of Delhi High Court.

In a strongly worded letter, Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra called the SC Collegium’s decision “improper” and “unjust”. “The suppression of several senior judges and chief justices of the country cannot be tolerated by the people; the revocation of the earlier decision recommending the names of Mr Pradeep Nandrajog and Mr Rajendra Menon is whimsical and arbitrary,” Mishra wrote.

Also read: Unjust, Improper, Intolerable: Bar Council Of India On Sanjiv Khanna’s Elevation As SC Judge

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