The Supreme Court (SC,) on Friday, recommended to the Government of India, the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court (HC,) Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan, be transferred to the Calcutta HC.
After the retirement of D.K. Gupta, the Chief Justice (CJ) of the Calcutta HC, on the 31st of December, the position of the CJ in Calcutta HC was vacant, following which, the SC suggested the transfer.
The Supreme Court sent a recommendation letter to the Government of India, which states, “Office of the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court has fallen vacant recently, consequent upon retirement of Mr. Justice D.K. Gupta, Chief Justice of that High Court on 31st December, 2018. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made.” In addition, the letter says, “The Collegium resolves to recommend that Mr. Justice T.B. Radhakrishnan, Chief Justice, Telangana High Court [PHC: Kerala], be transferred, in the interest of better administration of justice, to Calcutta High Court.”
Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan, on the 1st of January, 2019, was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, after the Centre declared, there will be separate High Courts for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
The Government of India and the Ministry of Law and Justice passed the order under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, which has a provision for a separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh.
However, a final decision regarding the transfer of Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan to the Calcutta HC will be taken by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, and the Ministry of Justice and Law.
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