New Delhi: Justice Dipankar, Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, has been sworn in as a Supreme Court judge by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud.
Earlier, the central government had notified the appointment of Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Datta as a judge of the Supreme Court.
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, in a tweet, said, “In exercise of the power conferred under the Constitution of India, Justice Dipankar Datta has been appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of India. I extend my best wishes to him!”
In September, the Supreme Court Collegium had recommended for elevation of Dutta as judge of the apex court.
A statement, uploaded on the apex court website, had said: “The Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on 26th September, 2022 has recommended elevation of Justice Dipankar Datta, Chief Justice of Bombay High Court (PHC: Calcutta), as Judge of the Supreme Court.” The parent high court of Justice Dutta, 57, is the Calcutta High Court.
Justice Datta was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court in April 2020.
He practised primarily in the apex court and high court in constitutional and civil matters before being elevated as a permanent judge of the Calcutta High Court on June 22, 2006.
After Justice Datta took oath as the Supreme Court judge, the working strength of the apex court has become 28 as against its sanctioned strength of 34.
Delhi | Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud administered the oath of office to Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Justice Dipankar as a judge of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/i1k6tWfLhH
— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2022