Agartala: Following the elevation of Justice Ajay Rastogi as Judge of the Supreme Court (SC), Justice Sanjay Karol, senior-most Judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, has been recommended as the new Chief Justice of Tripura High Court.
Enrolled as a lawyer in 1986, he was was designated as senior advocate in 1998. Justice Karol also served HImachal Pradesh High Court as its Advocate General from 1998-2003.
In March 2007, he was elevated as a Judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court . In April 2018, he was appointed as the acting Chief Justice of the High Court until Justice Surya Kant Rao took charge.
The name of Chief Justice of Tripura High Court was cleared by the Collegium in a meeting presided over by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi for selection of judges. The meeting was attended by other top senior Supreme Court Judges Madan Lokur, Kurian Joseph, AK Sikri and SA Bobde.
Against the sanctioned strength of 31 Judges, the SC is currently functioning with 24 judges, leaving seven clear vacancies. With the new appointments, the strength of the apex court will go up to 28.
The Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi cleared the names of Tripura High Court Chief Justice Ajay Rastogi along with three others — Gujarat High Court CJ R Subhash Reddy, Madhya Pradesh CJ Hemant Gupta and Bihar High Court CJ MR Shah — for elevation to the top court on Tuesday.
Justice Rastogi served as the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court for a month before being appointed as the Chief Justice of Tripura High Court. He enrolled at the Bar in March 1982 and practised in the Rajasthan High Court. He became a Judge of the Rajasthan High Court in September 2004.