February 18, 2024
Justice Pratinidhi Srinivasacharya Dinesh Kumar Appointed Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court
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Justice Pratinidhi Srinivasacharya Dinesh Kumar Appointed Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court

Justice Pratinidhi Srinivasacharya Dinesh Kumar Appointed Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court/ANI

Justice Pratinidhi Srinivasacharya Dinesh Kumar Appointed Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court

In a significant development, the Ministry of Law and Justice officially announced the appointment of Justice Pratinidhi Srinivasacharya Dinesh Kumar as the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court. The notification, released on Wednesday, cited the authority vested in the President under Article 217(1) of the Indian Constitution. Justice Dinesh Kumar, currently a Judge of the Karnataka High Court, will assume the role of Chief Justice effective from the date he assumes office.

Supreme Court Collegium Recommends the Appointment

The decision to appoint Justice PS Dinesh Kumar was the outcome of a resolution by the Supreme Court Collegium. Led by Chief Justice of India Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, the Collegium also includes Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice B R Gavai. This recommendation followed the elevation of Justice Prasanna B Varale to the Supreme Court, creating the vacancy for the Chief Justice position at the Karnataka High Court.

Justice Dinesh Kumar, who took up the role of a judge on January 2, 2015, has demonstrated commendable performance both in judicial and administrative capacities. Despite having a relatively short tenure, he is set to serve as Chief Justice for just over a month, as he is expected to retire on superannuation on February 24, 2024.

Collegium Emphasizes Integrity and Competence

Acknowledging Justice Dinesh Kumar’s qualities of integrity, honesty, and competence, the Collegium highlighted his distinguished service to the High Court of Karnataka since his initial appointment. The memorandum of procedure, considering his limited tenure, played a crucial role in the Collegium’s decision to recommend his appointment as the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court. This move aligns with the Collegium’s commitment to ensuring a smooth transition in the judicial leadership of the High Court.

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