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After two yrs, Sundaresan appointed as addl judge in Bombay HC | India News

NEARLY TWO years after he was first recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium, the Centre on Thursday appointed senior advocate Somasekhar Sundaresan as additional judge of the Bombay High Court.

Sundaresan was one of the three names that the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud had reiterated, making a strong case by disclosing the government’s objections in January this year.

The Collegium had made public both its reasons for each name and the government’s objections. Besides Sundaresan, this included senior advocate Saurabh Kirpal for the Delhi High Court and advocate R John Sathyan for the Madras High Court.

On Sundaresan, the Collegium statement had said the government had sought reconsideration of his name on the grounds “that he has aired his views in social media on several matters, which are the subject matter of consideration before the courts.”

As per the Collegium’s statement, the government’s objections were that Sundaresan was “a highly biased opinionated person”, that “he has been selectively critical on social media on important policy initiatives and directions of the government.”

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Underlining that all citizens have a right to free speech and expression, the Collegium had said that “expression of views by a candidate does not disentitle him to hold a constitutional office so long as the person proposed for judgeship is a person of competence, merit and integrity.”

A 1996-batch graduate from the Government Law College, Mumbai, Sundaresan worked as a journalist for over five years before taking up practice, starting with the port sector. As a lawyer, he specialises in areas such as financial sector regulation, competition law, company matters and exchange controls.

Even as his appointment as a judge was pending, the Supreme Court in March appointed him as part of the six-member expert committee to investigate the Hindenburg report on Adani Group.

While the government has cleared Sundaresan’s appointment, Kirpal, who would be India’s first openly gay judge if appointed, and Sathyan are yet to be appointed.

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