New Delhi: Hrishikesh Roy is among the four Chief Justices of different high courts of the country who have been elevated as judges by the Supreme Court Collegium to the apex court on Thursday. Roy is a native of Assam.
Apart from Roy, the Supreme Court Collegium has recommended Himachal Pradesh Chief Justice V Ramasubramanian, Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Rajasthan Chief Justice SA Ravindra Bhat for appointment as Judges of the Supreme Court.
On August 8, 2018, Justice Hrishikesh Roy was sworn in as the 35th Chief Justice of the High Court of Kerala. He was transferred earlier on May 29, from the Gauhati High Court, and was serving as the acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court since May 30, 2018.
Born on February 1, 1960, Justice Hrishikesh Roy obtained his LL.B Degree from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi in 1982. On December 21, 2004 he was designated as senior advocate by the Gauhati High Court.
As the senior-most Puisne Judge of the Gauhati High Court, he served as Judge-in-charge, Administrative Department (JAD) and also the Chief Justice’s delegatee Judge, under Section 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996. While heading the Mediation Monitoring Committee, the film Shako (Bridge) was produced and this film is used as a training tool in the mediation programmes. The Arunachal Pradesh Legal Services Authority, led by Justice Roy, produced Apne Ajnabi, a short film on racial discrimination which highlights how legal help can be provided to the victims.
As the executive head of the Assam State Legal Services Authority, Justice Roy had implemented the ‘Reach Out & Respond’ programme to facilitate access to justice, for the marginalised sections of Assam. He was in charge of the Assam chapter of the Indian Law Institute (ILI). Justice Roy was spearheading the training programmes for the Judicial Officers under the Gauhati High Court and was nominated as a member of the National Judicial Academic Council, headed by the Chief Justice of India.