The Supreme Court collegium, the body responsible for appointing judges to the higher judiciary in India, has once again recommended the appointment of openly gay lawyer Saurabh Kirpal to the Delhi High Court.
This move is significant as it marks a step forward for the LGBTQ+ community in India, where homosexuality was only decriminalized in 2018. Kirpal’s appointment to the high court, if approved by the President of India, would not only be a victory for him personally but also for the community as a whole, as it would signify that their rights and representation are being recognized and respected by the country’s highest judicial body.
Kirpal’s qualifications and experience have been widely praised by his peers and colleagues. He is a graduate of the prestigious National Law School of India University, and has been practicing law for over a decade, during which time he has built a reputation as a skilled and dedicated advocate.
The Supreme Court collegium’s decision to recommend Kirpal’s appointment, despite his sexual orientation, is a clear indication that the judiciary is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. It sends a message that the Indian legal system is open to all, regardless of their background or identity.
It is important to note that the final decision on Kirpal’s appointment lies with the President of India, however the collegium’s recommendation carries significant weight and it is expected that Kirpal will be appointed to the Delhi High Court.
This move is seen as a positive step in the right direction and it will be interesting to see how this will impact the LGBTQ+ community and society as a whole. It is a hope that this will be a catalyst for more inclusivity and diversity within the legal profession and society at large.