Calcutta HC Gets 4 New Judges


Kolkata: The Centre has issued two back-to back notifications elevating Chief Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya as the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court and also formally appointing four judges to the HC.

The appointment of four new judges — Biswajit Basu, Amrita Sinha, Abhijit Gangopadhyay and Jay Sengupta — will take the high court bench strength to 37 against a sanctioned strength of 72.

The Calcutta HC collegium had sent the names of these four advocates along with three others to the SC collegium on May 4 last year recommending their appointment as judges.

The lawyers went on a cease-work on February 19 in protest against the large number of vacancies at the high court. The Calcutta HC lawyers’ bodies had on Thursday decided to extend their cease-work till May 11, but resolved to withdraw it the moment the four new judges are appointed.