Supreme Court New Justices: Five new judges will take oath of office on Monday (February 6) in the Supreme Court. Three of these are Chief Justices of the High Courts of Rajasthan, Patna and Manipur respectively – Justice Pankaj Mithal, Justice Sanjay Karol and PV Sanjay Kumar. Patna High Court Judge Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Allahabad High Court Justice Manoj Mishra will also take oath.
Justice Pankaj Mithal
The parent cadre of Justice Mithal is the Allahabad High Court. He was serving as the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court since October 14 last year. Justice Mithal was born on June 17, 1961. He is a commerce graduate from Allahabad University in 1982. He completed his LLB from Meerut College in 1985 and enrolled as an advocate in the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh in the same year.
He started practicing law at the Allahabad High Court in 1985 and served as standing counsel for the Uttar Pradesh Housing and Development Board. He was also the Standing Counsel of Dr BR Ambedkar University, Agra between 1990 and February 2006.
Justice Mithal was elevated as an Additional Judge of the Allahabad High Court on July 7, 2006 and was sworn in as a permanent Judge on July 2, 2008. He was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the common High Court for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territory of Ladakh on January 4, 2021.
Justice Sanjay Karol
The other senior judge who is going to take oath on Monday (February 6) is Justice Karol, whose original High Court cadre is Himachal Pradesh. He was the Chief Justice of Patna High Court at the time of promotion. Justice Karol was born on August 23, 1961. After studying at the prestigious St. Edward’s School, Shimla, he graduated with Honors in History from Government Degree College, Shimla.
Justice Karol is a resident of Kangra district. He obtained a degree in law from Himachal Pradesh University and enrolled as an advocate in 1986. Justice Karol practiced in various courts including the Supreme Court. He has expertise in matters relating to Constitution, Taxation, Corporate, Criminal and Civil. He was designated as a Senior Advocate in 1999.
Justice Karol was also the Advocate General of Himachal Pradesh from 1998 to 2003 and was elevated as a judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court on March 8, 2007. He was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of the court with effect from 25 April 2017. He was appointed as the Chief Justice of Tripura High Court on November 9, 2018 and Patna High Court on November 11, 2019.
Justice PV Sanjay Kumar
Justice Kumar is originally associated with the Telangana High Court. He is third in the list of five judges and was the chief justice of the Manipur High Court at the time of the collegium’s recommendation on December 13 last year and the subsequent approval by the Centre. He was born on August 14, 1963. He graduated in commerce from Nizam College, Hyderabad and obtained his LLB degree from Delhi University in 1988. Justice Kumar enrolled as a member of the Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh in August 1988 and served as a public prosecutor in the Andhra Pradesh High Court from 2000 to 2003.
He was elevated to the bench as an additional judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on August 8, 2008, and took over as a permanent judge of the court on January 20, 2010. Justice Kumar assumed charge as a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on October 14, 2019. He took oath as Chief Justice of Manipur High Court on February 14, 2021.
Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah
Justice Amanullah of the Patna High Court is the fourth judge to be appointed to the top court. He was born on May 11, 1963. He enrolled with the Bihar State Bar Council on September 27, 1991 and was the Standing Counsel of the State Government from March 2006 to August 2010.
He was a Government Pleader in the Patna High Court. He was elevated as a judge in the same court on June 20, 2011. He was transferred to Andhra Pradesh High Court on October 10, 2021 and back to Patna High Court on June 20, 2022.
Justice Manoj Mishra
Justice Mishra was born on June 2, 1965. He enrolled as an advocate on 12 December 1988 and was elevated as Additional Judge of the Allahabad High Court on 21 November 2011. He took the oath of office as a permanent judge on 6 August 2013.
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