New Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium on Tuesday recommended Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Senior Advocate KV Viswanathan to be elevated as judges of the apex court.
"On the retirement of Justice Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala on August 11, 2030, senior advocate Viswanathan would be in line to assume office as the Chief Justice of India till his retirement on 25 May 2031," Collegium said. According to SC Collegium resolution, Senior Advocate K V Viswanathan was born on May 26, 1966, and on his appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court would serve in that capacity until May 25, 2031.
In a collegium resolution passed by Chief Justice of India Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, KM Joseph, Ajay Rastogi and Sanjiv Khanna, the decision was taken to recommend the name of Prashant Kumar Mishra and KV Viswanathan for appointment as judges of the top court.
After carefully evaluating the merit, integrity and competence of eligible Chief Justices and senior puisne Judges of the High Courts and also accommodating a plurality of considerations, the Collegium found Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra, Chief Justice, Andhra Pradesh High Court (Parent HC: Chhattisgarh) to be more deserving and suitable in all respects for being appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India.
The Collegium unanimously resolved to recommend that Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra be appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India.
Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra was appointed as a judge of the High Court of Chhattisgarh on December 10, 2009. He was appointed as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh on October 13, 2021. There is no representation of the High Court of Chhattisgarh in the present composition of the Supreme Court of India.
Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra has served as a judge of the High Court for over thirteen years and ranks at serial number 21 in the All-India Seniority List of judges of the High Courts. During his tenure of nearly twelve years as a judge of the High Court of Chhattisgarh, Justice Mishra has acquired significant experience in diverse fields of law.
"His judgments cover wide-ranging issues pertaining to law and justice. Besides, according to the representation to the State of Chhattisgarh, the appointment of Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra will provide value addition in terms of his acquired knowledge and experience. Justice Mishra is a judge with integrity," the collegium said.
The Collegium said that it is conscious of the fact that the present Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court who was appointed as a judge on 31 March 2009 is drawn from the parent High Court of Chhattisgarh and ranks senior to Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra.
"However, having considered all relevant factors, the Collegium is of the view that Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra is worthy of appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court," the collegium resolution said.