Kautilya Academy 12-11-2019
Justice Sanjay Karol has been sworn in as the 43rd Chief Justice of Patna High Court. His oath for office and secrecy was administered by Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan at the Raj Bhavan in Patna. He succeeded Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi, who has been transferred as Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Chennai.
His swearing-in ceremony was also attended by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, state ministers, judges of the High Court and other senior officials.
Career: Born and brought-up Himachal Pradesh, Justice Karol was elevated to higher judiciary as judge in high court of Himachal Pradesh on 8 March 2007. He had served as advocate general of Himachal Pradesh for 5 years. Before being appointed as the Chief Justice of Tripura high court on 9 November 2018, Justice Karol had also been on the senior panel of central government in Supreme Court.
On 17 October 2019, the Supreme Court collegium made recommendation to central government to transfer Justice Karol as Patna high court Chief Justice while his predecessor Chief Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi was recommended to be transferred as chief justice of Madras high court. Then on 30 October, Central government finally issued notification regarding transfer of judges as per the recommendation of collegium with condition that they would assume charge of their respective office on or before November 13.
Article 214 of constitution of India states that- each state of India shall have a High Court. The Chief Justice of a High Court is appointed by President with consultation of Chief Justice of India (CJI) and the Governor of respective State, in accordance to Article 217 of Indian constitution.