The Collegium of the Supreme Court recommended the names of advocate Ranjan Sharma and Bipin Chander Negi and judicial officer Rakesh Kainthla for appointment as Judges of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh on July 12 in a notification.
A collegium headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan and Justice Sanjiv Khanna ) gave a nod to the name of three on the recommendation of the Chief Minister and the Governor of the State of Himachal Pradesh on December 5, 2022.
The notification said that the names of three were given recommendations in consultation with Judges of the Supreme Court who are conversant with the affairs of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh in order to ascertain the suitability of the above-named Advocates and Judicial Officer for elevation to the High Court of Himachal Pradesh.
Before giving assent to the above persons the Collegium also scrutinized and evaluated the material placed on record and perused the observations made by the Department of Justice on the file of three persons.
Advocate Ranjan Sharma was enrolled as an Advocate on 11 December 1991 and was designated as a Senior Advocate on 29 March 2019.
He has extensive practice at the Bar. He is serving as an Additional Advocate General and has a reasonably good professional income.
The inputs received from the Government indicate that he enjoys a good personal and professional image and nothing adverse has come to notice with regard to his integrity.
Advocate Bipin Chander Negi has been in practice at the Bar for the last 28 years. He was enrolled in 1994 and was designated as a Senior Advocate in 2015.
He was appointed as an amicus curiae by the High Court in several matters. He is reported to have knowledge of diverse branches of law and has appeared before the High Court and district courts.
He would have a tenure of over seven years. The inputs provided by the Government in the file indicate that he enjoys a good personal and professional image. Nothing adverse has come to notice with regard to his integrity.
JO Rakesh Kainthla joined the judicial service on 07 August 1995. He has served as Judicial Officer in various capacities in the State. The inputs placed by the Government in the file indicate that he enjoys a good personal and professional image.
The final official warrant is to be issued by the President of India in further consultation with the government.