Imphal: The Supreme Court Collegium on Tuesday recommended the appointment of Justice Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh, currently a judge in the Gauhati High Court, as new Chief Justice of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
He is one of three judges recommended for appointment as chief justices, along with the high courts of Gauhati and Jharkhand.
Justice Kotiswar has served twice as acting Chief Justice of the Gauhati and Manipur High Courts. In November 2007, he was appointed Advocate General of Manipur, and elevated as an Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court in 2011.
He completed his schooling at Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Purulia, and graduated from Kirori Mal College in 1983. In 1986, he earned his LLB from Delhi University. He practised in the Supreme Court, the Gauhati High Court, and the Central Administrative Tribunal.
His father, N Ibotombi, was a former judge of the Gauhati High Court and was the first Advocate General of Manipur.
Justice Sanjaya Kumar Mishra (presently a judge at the Uttarakhand High Court) has been recommended as Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court.
Justice Mishra has served as the acting Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court. He was elevated from the bar to serve as Judge of the Orissa High Court in 2009.
The SC Collegium also recommended Justice K Vinod Chandran (presently a judge at the Kerala High Court) to the Gauhati High Court, where he will likely become the Chief Justice on the retirement of present Chief Justice RM Chaya on January 11, 2023.
Justice Chandran was sworn in as an additional judge of the Kerala High Court on November 8, 2011, and made a permanent judge on June 24, 2013. With agency inputs