Justice Dipankar Datta takes oath as SC Judge | India News

NEW DELHI: Justice Dipankar Datta Monday took oath as a judge of the Supreme Court after nearly 14 years as a judge of the Calcutta High Court and last two-and-a-half years as chief justice of Bombay HC.
Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud administered oath to Justice Datta in the Court number 1 in presence of 25 of the 27 SC judges and advocates. Justice Datta took oath in the name of God and began his tenure in the SC as part of a three-judge bench led by the CJI. He is the 259th person to take oath as a Judge of the SC since its establishment on January 26, 1950. With his oath, the working strength of SC increased to 28 judges, with six vacancies.
Born on February 9, 1965, Justice Datta became a Judge of the Calcutta HC on June 22, 2006, at a young age of 41 years. He was appointed the CJ of the Bombay HC on April 28, 2020. As his name was being discussed in the Collegium for quite some time, the appointments of Justices Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice J B Pardiwala as SC Judges on May 9 this year came as a surprise.
Justice Pardiwala, who was number three in Gujarat HC and 49th in all India seniority list, not only superseded all CJs/Acting CJs of the HCs, but also jumped over another 25 HC judges, who are stranded in the seniority queue for selection as SC Judge. Born on August 11, 1965, Justice Pardiwala was appointed as permanent judge of Gujarat HC on January 28, 2013, nearly seven years after Justice Datta became an HC judge.
Had Justice Datta been appointed ahead of Justice Pardiwala, he would have succeeded Justice P S Narasimha as the CJI on May 3, 2028, and would have headed the judiciary till February 8, 2030 leaving Justice Pardiwala with a tenure of six months as CJI. As the events unfolded, Justice Pardiwala would have a tenure of two years and three months and Justice Datta would become the number two in SC from May 3, 2028 till his retirement on February 8, 2030.
On the first day in SC, the first case heard by the bench of CJI Chandrachud, and Justices P S Narasimha and Datta was a complaint by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi against the Bombay HC, of which Datta was the CJI till Sunday. Rohatgi said that a division bench of the HC was not allowing his client, a bidder, to withdraw his petition. The bench went through the papers and said the HC was perfectly right in its order and asked Rohatgi’s client to make an unconditional withdrawal request to the HC.

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