The centre on 3rd January 2022 notified the appointment of three additional judges of Bombay High court as a permanent judges and extended tenure of another additional judge of the high court by a year. “ In exercise of the power conferred by clause(1) of article 224 of the constitution of India, the president, after consultation with the chief justice of India, is pleased to appoint the following as judges/ Additional judge of the following High courts, w.e.f the date they assume charge of their respective offices, vide notifications dated 03.01.2022” , the notification stated.
While justice Madhav Jayajirai Jamdar Amit Bhalchandra Borkar and shrikant Dattatray Kulkarni were appointed as a permanent judges along with Justice Abhay Ahujas tenure has been extended as an additional judge by a year.
In July 2021 the Bombay High court collegium had recommended names of five additional judges- justice Jamdar, Borkar, Kulkarni, Ahuja and justice Pushpa Ganediwala to be appointed as permanent judges. According to a statement by the supreme court collegium on December 16 last year Justice Jamdar, Borkar and Kulkarni were recommended for appointment as permanent judges with a recommendation to extend the tenure of justice Ahuja by a year.
In a rare instance of demotion of an High court judge, the collegium decided to not recommend justice Ganediwala as permanent Judge of Bombay High court after two of her verdicts were closely scrutinised for controversial interpretation of sexual assault under POCSO Act , 2012.
Justice Ganediwala’s tenure expected to end on February 13th 2022.
In separate notification the government appointed justice Aniruddha Roy, additional Judge of Calcutta High court, as permanent judge of the High court . In January 2021 The collegium had Reiterated it’s recommendation to appoint justice Roy as centre had not acted on the first recommendation made in 2018.