SC collegium recommends elevation of Patna HC judge Justice C S Singh as Orissa HC Chief Justice

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has recommended that Judge Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh be appointed as Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court. The Orissa High Court Chief Justice position has been vacant since October 3, following the retirement of Justice Subhasis Talapatra.

The collegium also recommended for appointments of Chief Justices for Uttarakhand and Meghalaya High Courts.

After earning an LL.B. from the University of Delhi’s Campus Law Centre, Justice Singh became an advocate in 1990. In September 2010, he was designated Senior Advocate, and in December of that year, he was appointed Additional Advocate General for Bihar.

He was appointed as an additional judge of the Patna High Court on April 5, 2012. In February of this year, he was named Acting Chief Justice of the Patna High Court.

According to an official resolution published on the apex court website, during his more than 11-year tenure as a high court judge, he authored 1246 reported judgments, 562 of which were delivered in the last five years. The Collegium also considered the fact that the Patna High Court of Judicature currently has no representation among the Chief Justices of High Courts.

The resolution also said that Justice Singh has maintained a high standard of professional ethics at the bar and bench and enjoys a good reputation for conduct and integrity. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium is of the considered view that Mr. Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh is fit and suitable in all respects for being appointed as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Orissa, the resolution said.

While practicing as a lawyer at the Patna High Court, Justice Singh also frequently contributed as a legal correspondent to the Patna edition of the Hindustan Times daily. His incisive reporting on the much-publicised Fodder Scam was highly appreciated among the intellectual circles of the state and beyond.

The then Chief Justice of Patna High Court, Justice A. K. Basak, had all good words for Justice Singh for his devotion and commitment to the profession.

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