12 - 11 - 2019

Center appoints Akil Qureshi as Chief Justice of Tripura HC

Agartala, Nov 08, 2019: The union ministry of law and justice on Friday issued a formal notification appointing justice Akil Abdulhamid Qureshi as the new chief justice of Tripura following statutory approval from the President of India. His appointment will take effect from the date he takes charges in place of his predecessor Sanjay Karol who has left Tripura to join as chief justice of Patna high court. 

Born on March 7 1960 Justice Akil Qureshi had joined Gujarat high court as justice in the year 2004 and served there till November 2018. Then he was posted as justice of Mumbai high court but was promoted as chief justice of Madhya Pradesh high court on May 10 by the Surpreme Court collegium .

 But following objection from the union ministry of law and justice the collegium reconsidered the matter and posted him as chief justice of Tripura high court on September 5 . But the union ministry sat over the proposal even as all other transfers and promotions took place .

Finally the lawyers association of Gujrat high court filed a petition in supreme court against union law ministry's dilly dallying over implementing the supreme court collegium's decision . There were two adjournments in the course of which the solicitor general Tushar Mehta had said that there were administrative requirements to be fulfilled before the collegium's decision could be implemented . But it was clear that on the last hearing yesterday that the appointment will be given effect to as the three member supreme court bench headed by chief justice Ranjan Gogoi heard the issue.

The notification , signed by Rajinder Kashyap , joint secretary to the government of India , was issued today . It is not yet known on which date exactly Justice Qureshi will join as Chief Justice  in Tripura but many people seeking justice have been waiting for his arrival here.