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The Supreme Court Collegium, led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, has proposed Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia of the Gauhati High Court and Justice Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala of the Gujarat High Court for appointment as top court judges.

The Chief Justice of India will be appointed by the Central government if it accepts the Collegium’s proposal and instals them as Supreme Court judges. Justice Pardiwala will be the Supreme Court’s fourth Parsi to sit on the bench. He will serve as Chief Justice of India for nearly two years and three months. After a five-year gap, a judge from a minority community is being elevated. In February 2017, Justice S Abdul Nazeer was elevated to the Supreme Court. Justice Dhulia will be the second Uttarakhand High Court judge to be elevated. Justice Dhulia was born in Madanpur, a small village in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district.

He was the first Chief Standing Counsel in the High Court of Uttarakhand and later became the state’s, Additional Advocate General. In 2004, he was named a senior advocate. In November 2008, he was appointed to the High Court of Uttarakhand, and on January 10, 2021, he was named Chief Justice of the High Courts of Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Justice Pardiwala was born in Mumbai on August 12, 1965, and attended St. Joseph Convent School in his hometown of Valsad (South Gujarat). A new high! Since August last year, CJI Justice Ramana has led the five-judge Collegium to unanimously suggest a total of 11 names, a new high. On August 31, 2021, CJI Ramana swore in nine Supreme Court justices, three of whom were women. The same collegium, which included Chief Justice Ramana, Justices UU Lalit, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, and L Nageswara Rao, proposed the appointment of ten new Chief Justices to various high courts. So far, 180 names have been proposed for appointment as judges of several high courts by the collegium of the top three justices.

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