SC Current Affairs - 2019

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Retd. Justice Madan Lokur Appointed Judge of Supreme Court of Fiji

The Retired judge of Indian Supreme Court Justice Madan B Lokur has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Fiji.

About The Appointment

  • Justice Lokur is appointed as a judge of Supreme Court of Fiji’s non-resident panel. He will assume charge of his new role on 15 August 2019.
  • Tenure: He has been appointed in new role for a period of three years.
  • Background: On December 31 2018, Justice Lokur demitted the office as a Supreme Court justice after his superannuation. It is likely that Justice Lokur received the offer from Chief Justice of the Fiji Supreme Court on the day of his retirement itself.
  • The Supreme Court of Fiji
  • In one year it has three sessions in total. Justice Lokur will attend August session which starts from August 15 to August 30, 2019.
  • Other countries that have been invited by Fiji over the years are South Africa, Sri Lanka, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.

About Justice Madan Lokur

  • In July 1977, he enrolled as an advocate and practised in High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court.
  • In 1981, he became an Advocate-on-Record in Supreme Court.
  • In 1998 he was appointed as Additional Solicitor General and continued in that post till February 1999 when he was appointed an Additional Judge of Delhi High Court (HC).
  • In July 1999, he was made a permanent judge. Later he served as Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court and then Andhra Pradesh High Court before being elevated to SC.
  • He was appointed as judge of Supreme Court of India on 4 June 2012. He retired as Supreme Court judge on 31 December 2018, after a terme of more than 6 years.

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Justice Dattu sworn-in as the new CJI

President Pranab Mukherjee has administered the oath of office on Justice Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu as the Chief Justice of India. 63-year-old Justice Dattu took oath at a brief ceremony held at the chandeliered Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Prominent figures like Vice President Hamid Ansari, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and BJP veteran L K Advani were among those present at the ceremony.
He succeeds CJI R M Lodha and will be at the helm of Indian judiciary till December 2, 2015.He will have tenure of little over one year before he retires on 2 December, 2015.
He enrolled as an advocate in 1975 and began his law practice in Bangalore where he dealt with all types of matters — civil, criminal, tax and Constitutional cases. He started appearing before the Karnataka High Court in myriad capacities like a government pleader for sales tax department, standing counsel for Income Tax department and later as government advocate 1983 onwards. Justice Dattu was elevated to the stature of judge of the Karnataka High Court in 1995 after he had been a standing counsel for I-T department.

Later, he was further raised to serve as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court in February 2007 and shortly afterwards shifted in the same capacity to the Kerala High Court. He began his innings as a judge in Supreme Court in December 2008. Justice Dattu has headed some very critical panels like the one monitoring investigations into 2G spectrum scam.

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