The Hush Post: Justice Surya Kant of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has been appointed as the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.
Justice Surya Kant’s name was cleared for elevation by the Supreme Court in January this year.
The Himachal High Court CJ’s post that has been vacant since April 24, 2017. The government had sat on several recommendations sent by the SC collegium. However, they didn’t offer any reason for delaying Justice Surya Kant’s appointment as CJ.
Justice Surya Kant’s name appeared among the 10 names cleared by the Supreme Court collegium in January.
The present Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court Aniruddha Bose had also faced a similar fate. His name was first recommended for appointment as Chief Justice of Delhi High Court. The government, however, rejected his name. And the argument given was that he had no experience as Chief Justice to handle a prominent high court.