The Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court has been recommended for promotion to the position of judge in the Supreme Court. According to a statement posted on the website of the supreme court, a meeting of the Collegium was convened on Monday under the direction of Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit.
The statement read, “The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended elevating Justice Dipankar Datta, Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, as a judge of the Supreme Court.” On June 22, 2006, Justice Datta was appointed as a permanent judge to the Calcutta High Court bench. On April 28, 2020, he was promoted as Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.
Justice Datta, who was born in February 1965, is the brother-in-law of Justice Amitava Roy, a former judge of the Supreme Court, and the late Salil Kumar Datta, a former judge of the Calcutta High Court. He received his LL.B. from the University of Calcutta in 1989, and he enrolled as an advocate on November 16, 1989.
From May 16, 2002, until January 16, 2004, he served as the State of West Bengal‘s junior standing counsel. He has also been a councillor for the Union of India since 1998. From 1996–1997 to 1999–2000, he gave a guest lecture on Indian Constitutional Law at the University College of Law, University of Calcutta.
In contrast to the sanctioned strength of 34 justices, including the Chief Justice of India, the apex court currently has 29 judges.