New Delhi: Justice Kailash Gambhir, a former Delhi high court judge, wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind, on Tuesday, criticizing the Supreme Court collegium’s alleged decision to recommend the elevation of a high court judge to the apex court by superseding 32 other judges of various high courts.
Justice Gambhir in his letter claimed the collegium’s January 10 decision to recommend another Delhi high court judge, Justice Sanjeev Khanna, was “appalling and outrageous.”
The five-member collegium of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and next four senior judges, including Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde, NV Ramana and Arun Mishra, also recommended Justice Khanna’s name along with that of Karnataka high court Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari.
Justice Khanna is a nephew of Justice HR Khanna, who was a former Supreme Court judge and was overlooked for the post of CJI by the-then prime minister, Indira Gandhi, during the Emergency.
The letter said, “This is appalling and outrageous that such an earth-shattering decision has been taken to supersede as many as 32 judges (in various high courts) which include many chief justices, casting aspersions on their intellect, merit and integrity.”