Day 12 Arguments: 13 November 2019

The Supreme Court was assessing whether the Union had violated the Constitution in not responding to the Collegium's recommendation with regards to the appointment of Justice Kureshi. Originally, on 10 May the Collegium had recommended Justice Kureshi as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. After the Union failed to respond, the Gujarat High Court Advocates Association (GHCAA) filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Union's inaction on 3 July. The GHCAA contended that the Union was engaging in a deliberate ploy to stall Justice Kureshi's appointment. However, the Union ultimately did respond and on 5 September, the Collegium reconsidered its original recommendation. The Collegium said that Justice Kureshi should be appointed as Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court. 

 

The Supreme Court chose to keep the petition pending until the Union had notified Justice Kureshi's appointment to the Tripura High Court. On 7 November, the Hindu reported that the Union had notified the appointment. Today, the Bench comprising Chief Justice Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta confirmed the same and disposed of the petition.

(Court reporting by Sanya Talwar)