NEW DELHI: Recommending the appointment of advocate KV Aravind as a judge of the Karnataka HC, the Supreme Court collegium said it had considered the observations of the Union department of justice: “Nothing adverse to the integrity or character of Aravind has been noticed. ”
The proposals for the appointment of Aravind and three others, recommended to the government by the SC collegium, were initiated by the high court collegiums concerned in August-September last year.
The Karnataka high court collegium had recommended the appointment of Aravind as a judge of the high court in August last year.
The SC collegium, while recommending his name to the Union government, referred to his experience of 23 years at the bar with appearances in 567 reported judgments. “There is a considerable amount of tax litigation before the Karnataka high court. There is a need for specialised judges having domain experience in this branch of law. Tax law is integrally connected with various other branchesof law including commercial, corporate and personal law,” the SC collegium said. The Bombay high court collegium had sent a proposal for the appointment of advocate Manjusha Ajay Deshpande in Septemberlast year.
The Supreme Court collegium’s resolution, after considering inputs from the department of justice and consultee judges, said, “In our assessment, the candidate is a competent lawyer. She has been in practice, since 1991, for over 32 years. The candidate is well versed in several branches of law, particularly in constitutional and service matters. Her elevation would add to the representation of women on the bench of Bombay HC, particularly a mongst women lawyers practising before the bench in Aurangabad. ”
Approving the HC proposal of August last year for appointment of advocates Senthilkumar (belonging to SC community) and Murugan (OBC), the Supreme Court collegium overruled the objections of the department of justice and said, “This would enable greater representation to marginalised communities in higher judiciary. ”

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