Himansu Shekhar Rout

With the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court, Justice Subhasis Talapatra having retired on October 3, 2023, the Supreme Court Collegium on Thursday recommended the name of Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh to the Central Government for appointment as the next Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court.

In a notification, the apex court pointed out the procedure, saying, "A fair representation shall be given to various courts for selection of Chief Justices. For purposes of such selection, inter-se seniority of puisne judges will reckoned with the basis of their seniority in their own High Court. The consideration of the appointment of Chief Justices shall be based on the criterion of seniority subject to merit and integrity."

“It is proposed to appoint Mr Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Orissa,” the notification said.

Justice Singh, who was appointed as a judge of the High Court of Judicature at Patna on April 5 2012, has been acting as the senior-most judge. He was enrolled at the Bar in 1990 and practiced at the High Court of Judicature at Patna, dealing with constitutional, service, criminal, and arbitration matters.

He has also served as the Additional Advocate General for Bihar.