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Sr.most Judge of Karnataka HC Justice HG Ramesh appointed Actg.Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court till a permanent appointment is made

New Delhi, Oct. 10, 2017 : The High Court of Karnataka Justice H G Ramesh, the senior most judge of the Karnataka High Court, will assume charge as the acting Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court from October 10.


The President in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution of India appointed Shri Justice Humchadakatte Gopalaiah Ramesh, senior-most Judge of Karnataka High Court, to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court with effect from 10th October, 2017 consequent upon the retirement of Shri Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee, Chief Justice, Karnataka High Court on October 9, according to a notification issued on Saturday by the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India.  


Justice Ramesh was born on January 16, 1957. He enrolled as an advocate on July 16, 1982 and practised in the Karnataka HC from 1982 to 2003. He was appointed as an additional judge on May 12, 2003 and as a permanent judge on September 24, 2004.


Justice Ramesh has got an opportunity to become the acting Chief Justice, as Justice Jayant Patel, the second senior most judge of Karnataka HC, resigned as he did not wish to be transferred to Allahabad HC.


As per tradition, the senior most judge of the is appointed as the acting chief justice or chief justice of the High Court. However, Justice Ramesh would continue as the acting Chief Justice till a permanent appointment is made.


HC Shivaramu, President of Advocates’ Association of Bengaluru and Bar Associations has welcome the decision taken immediately by the Supreme Court Collegium to designate an Acting Chief Justice till the time a permanent Chief Justice is appointed. He is the senior most judge, we cannot make any further comments on this ”.


In March this year, Justice Ramesh had declined to take up the post of Chief Justice of the Madras High Court. His refusal was reportedly in protest of the elevation of Justice S Abdul Nazeer to the Supreme Court.


Upset that his junior superseded him to the Supreme Court, Justice Ramesh had written a letter to the Chief Justice of India at the time.


“The Constitution of India doesn’t provide for reservation on the basis of religion or caste in the matter of appointment of judges to the high court and Supreme Court.


My supersession on ground of giving representation to a minority in the Supreme Court by recommending the name of a judge, who is junior to me, is certainly not correct,” Ramesh said in a letter to Chief Justice of India JS Khehar.


Justice Nazeer was appointed despite being the fourth senior-most judge of the High Court, superseding Justice HG Ramesh, Justice Jayant Patel and former Chief Justice SK Mukherjee.








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