On 18th April 2020, the Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde suggested alleviating two High Court Judges to the position of Chief Justices. The Collegium System decides appointments/elevation of judges/lawyers to Supreme Court and transfers of judges of High Courts and the Supreme Court. By a forum of the Chief Justice of India and the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court.
Mr. Justice Biswanath Somadder, Judge, Allahabad High Court has been recommended for the position of Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court. Hon’ble Justice Biswanath Somadder enrolled as an Advocate on July 21, 1989. Thereafter, he practised in the High Court at Calcutta as well as the Supreme Court of India. To list, he practised in Constitutional (Customs & Central Excise, FERA, Telecommunication, Education, Service & Income Tax), Arbitration, Company, Revenue, Civil and Criminal matters. Also, he was Senior Counsel for the Central Government in the High Court at Calcutta. Additionally, he was the Hon’ble Joint Secretary of the Bar Library Club of Calcutta High Court. On June 22, 2006, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Biswanath Somadder was promoted to the Bench of the High Court at Calcutta as a permanent Judge. He was the Acting Chief Justice from January 1, 2019, till April 3, 2019.
The second judge recommended for alleviation is Justice Dipankar Datta, Judge, Calcutta High Court. He is recommended for the post of Chief Justice of Bombay High Court. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dipankar Datta enrolled as an Advocate on November 16, 1989. He practised mainly in the High Court at Calcutta, the Supreme Court of India and other High Courts. Excelling in constitutional and civil matters. He was the Junior Standing Counsel for the State of West Bengal from May 16, 2002, to January 16, 2004. He was not only the Counsel for the Union of India since 1998; but also promoted to the Bench of the High Court at Calcutta as a permanent Judge on June 22, 2006.