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All 9 new Bombay HC judges to be sworn in today – Times of India

MUMBAI: On Tuesday, the Bombay high court will have nine new judges being sworn in at one go. With this, the total strength of the judges will stand at 62 out of the sanctioned strength of 94, as one of the judges from among the existing 54 – Justice V G Bisht – retired on Monday.
The last time nine judges took oath on the same day was on June 5, 2017.
The Supreme Court collegium had recommended 10 names as new judges for the Bombay high court in February, but the government approved nine, and the President issued the warrant for the same number.
Coming more than two years after the names were first sent from the high court, the new appointments also takes the strength of women judges in the Bombay high court to eight, the highest in recent years.
The nine new judges have two women judges, both were practicing lawyers, as were the rest. The new judges to be sworn in are Kishore Chandrakant Sant, Valmiki SA Menezes, Kamal Rashmi Khata, Sharmila Uttamrao Deshmukh, Arun Ramnath Pedneker, Sandeep Vishnupant Marne, Gauri Vinod Godse, Rajesh Shantaram Patil and Arif Saleh Doctor. They would join as “additional judges”, a post they would hold for a couple of years before becoming permanent.
All nine are advocates. While Sant is from Aurangabad, Menezes and Pednekar are from Goa, and the rest from Mumbai. Menezes is the son of the judicial commissioner of Goa from the pre-HC days there.
The swearing in is at 10am at the historic Central hall of the HC. The notice says “due to the prevalent Covid-19 conditions in the city, entry to the Central Court Hall is unfortunately required to be restricted …All invitees must be masked throughout, with masks covering nose and mouth.” Special arrangements have been made to relay the proceedings in real time (live relay) in Court Rooms No. 43 and 49. The entire proceedings will also be live-streamed on YouTube .
Meanwhile, Justice Bisht, who retired on Monday, presided on his last day with a bench headed by chief justice Dipankar Datta.
His stint wasn’t long. He had been elevated in December 2019, after joining the subordinate judiciary in 1990, just five years after his LLB from Nagpur. He was a first generation lawyer. Lawyers said his retirement would be a loss, as he was quick in deciding matters, and one of his important ruling included where he said an accused, despite being arrested and in custody in one case or many cases, can still seek pre-arrest bail in a new fresh case.


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