Agartala: The President of India on Tuesday appointed the judge of Jharkhand High Court Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh as Chief Justice of Tripura High Court, a seat which has been lying vacant since the last few months.
The collegium proposed the appointment of Justice Jaswant Singh, a judge of the Orissa High Court, as the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court on January 25 last but within a week of his joining Justice Singh got retired from the service on Feb 22 last. Thereafter the collegium recommended the appointment of Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh as Chief Justice of Tripura High Court.
The post of Chief Justice at the Tripura High Court has been lying vacant since the retirement of Justice Indrajit Mahanty on November 10 last year. Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted about the appointment stating, “As per the relevant provisions under the Constitution of India, the President of India has appointed Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh, Judge of Jharkhand High Court, as the Chief Justice of Tripura High Court.”
Recently, as many as 258 lawyers of various Bar Associations of Tripura have written to CJI D Y Chandrachud requesting him to take steps to fill the vacant posts of judges at Tripura High Court, which has a sanctioned strength of five judges and is presently functioning with only two judges including the Acting Chief Justice.