New Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium on Friday passed resolutions for appointment of Justice Ajai Lamba and Justice Arup Kumar Goswami as Chief Justices of Gauhati and Sikkim High Courts, respectively.
The collegium also passed resolutions for appointment of new Chief Justices to the high courts of some other states of the country. According to the resolution, the other new Chief Justices of high courts of the country are: Justice Vikram Nath (Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court), Justice JK Maheshwari (Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court), Justice Ravi Shankar Jha (Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court), Justice L Narayan Swamy (Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court), Justice S Manikumar (Chief Justice of Kerala High Court) and Justice Indrajit Mahanty (Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court).
Justice Ajai Lamba, currently sitting at the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court, was appointed as the next Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court. Justice Lamba enrolled as an advocate in 1981 after he obtained his LL.B. degree from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He practised on the civil, criminal and revenue sides as well as in labour law, company law, service law, and constitutional law. He was elevated as a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in March 2006. In December 2011, he was transferred to the Allahabad High Court.
While recommending that he be appointed as the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court, the collegium also took note that Justice Lamba is currently the senior-most judge originally hailing from Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Acting Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court, Justice Arup Kumar Goswami has been recommended to take over as Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court following the impending retirement of current Chief Justice VK Bist.
While endorsing Justice Goswami’s suitability to helm the court for the retirement of Chief Justice Bist, the collegium observed, “Justice Arup Kumar Goswami is the senior-most Judge from Gauhati High Court and has been functioning there since his elevation.”
Born in 1961, Justice Goswami obtained his LLB degree from the Government Law College, Gauhati in 1985. He enrolled as an advocate in the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh the same year. He practised primarily on the civil, criminal, constitutional and service side.
He was designated a senior advocate in 2004. He was appointed a permanent judge of the Gauhati High Court in November 2012.