Agartala: With the transfer of Tripura High Court Chief Justice to Patna High Court and one post of a judge lying vacant for over a year, the justice dispensation process in the state has got affected, a top official said on Thursday.
The sanctioned strength of judges, including the Chief Justice in Tripura High Court, is a total four. With only two judges in the High Court presently, hearing in several crucial and important cases is getting delayed.
A senior official of the Tripura High Court said that the Department of Justice under the Union Ministry of Law and Justice in a notification on Wednesday transferred incumbent Chief Justice of the High Court Sanjay Karol to Patna High Court as Chief Justice.
“No Chief Justice for Tripura High Court has been appointed yet as a successor of Justice Karol. The President after consulting with the Chief Justice of India has transferred Justice Karol and asked him to assume charge of the Chief Justice of Patna HC on or before November 13,” the official said, refusing to disclose his identity.
He also said that one post of Judge of Tripura High Court has been lying vacant for the past 32 months (since March 2017) after the retirement of Justice Swapan Chandra Das.
“If, before the November 13, no Chief Justice is appointed in Tripura High Court, it would be difficult to function the business of the High Court.”
The Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had last month recommended Gujarat High judge Justice A. A. Kureshi be appointed as the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court. (IANS)