SC Collegium recommends names of judges from Manipur, Tamil Nadu for elevation to apex court

The judges are Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh High Court Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh and Acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court R Mahadevan
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In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court Collegium on Thursday recommended the names of Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh High Court Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh and Acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court R Mahadevan for elevation to the apex court.

Justice Singh is set to be the first judge from Manipur to be elevated to the Supreme Court.

“His (Justice Singh) appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court will provide representation to the North-East, and in particular he will be the first judge from the State of Manipur to be appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court,” stated the resolution of the Collegium.

It further said, “Justice Singh has an impeccable record, both in judicial capacity and in terms of the work which has been rendered by him on the administrative side, as the Chief Justice of the High Court for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Considering the candidature of Justice N Kotiswar Singh in terms of his judicial performance, administrative acumen, integrity and merit, the Collegium is of the view that he is eminently suitable for being appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court."

Born in 1963 in Chennai, Justice Mahadevan graduated from the Madras Law College before being enrolled as an advocate in 1989. He mainly practised in civil, criminal and writ sides, but his area of specialisation was on tax law.

He was elevated as a judge of the High Court in 2013. He is well-known for his erudition in Tamil literature, ancient and modern. His late father Maa. Aranganathan was a Tamil writer of repute, who ran a literary magazine called Mundril. Justice Mahadevan runs the Mundril Literary Society and has instituted the Maa. Aranganathan Literary Awards that are awarded annually to Tamil writers. The awards carry a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and a citation.

The SC Collegium consists of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices Sanjiv Khanna, BR Gavai, Surya Kant and Hrishikesh Roy.

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