Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi on Saturday took oath as the Chief Justice of Tripura High Court.
Kureshi was sworn-in by Tripura governor Ramesh Bais at the Durbar Hall of the old Raj Bhavan in Agartala.
Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma and several other dignitaries were present at the swearing-in ceremony.
Kureshi earlier served as Judge of the Gujarat and Bombay High Court.
After keeping it pending for more than six months, the Union Law Ministry last week notified the appointment of Justice Kureshi as chief justice of the Tripura High Court.
In May this year, the Supreme Court collegium headed by chief justice Ranjan Gogoi had recommended Justice Kureshi’s elevation as chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, but the recommendation was not approved by the Department of Justice.
After the collegium on September 5 passed a resolution saying the Centre had twice returned the proposal of elevation of Justice Kureshi to the Madhya Pradesh High Court, the Gujarat High Advocates’ Association moved the apex court taking objection to the Centre’s reluctance on the appointment.
On September 19, the Supreme Court said a decision had been taken on the collegium recommendation for the elevation of Justice Kureshi and it will be published on the Supreme Court’s website.
However, the Collegium on September 20, modified its recommendation and approved the appointment of Justice Kureshi as chief justice of the Tripura High Court.