Kolkata: The Centre on Friday cleared the appointment of advocates Biswajit Basu, Amrita Sinha, Abhijit Gangopadhyay and Jay Sengupta as judges of Calcutta high court, which has been witnessing strike by lawyers demanding filling of the large number of vacancies in the HC.
The four new judges has taken oath today. The HC has a sanctioned strength of 72 judges but is operating with only 33 judges at present. The Calcutta HC collegium had sent the names of these four along with three others to the SC collegium on May 4 last year recommending their appointment.
Acting Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya took oath as the chief justice of the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday. The sanctioned strength of judges for the Calcutta High Court is 72. Currently, the court has only 33 judges. With the appointment of four additional judges, who are scheduled to take oath tomorrow, the number will be just over the half-way mark.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present at the oath-taking ceremony, along with some of the members of her cabinet, including Law Minister Moloy Ghatak. Justice Bhattacharya was appointed a judge of the high court on December 3, 2003 and the acting chief justice on October 25, 2017.