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Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya appointed as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court

The appointment of Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya as the new chief justice of Bombay High Court has been officially notified by the Central Government, while Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur has been appointed as the chief justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court.

Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya will succeed the current Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Justice Nitin Madhukar Jamdar.

Justice Upadhyaya: From Allahabad to Bombay High Court Chief Justice

Justice Upadhyaya had been serving as a sitting judge of the Allahabad High Court for the past 11 years. During this tenure, he gained considerable experience in administering justice within the largest high court which comprises a total of 160 judges in the country.

The Collegium of the Supreme Court found him to be fit and suitable for elevation. His appointment as the new chief justice of Bombay High Court ensures that Allahabad High Court is adequately represented among the chief justices of high courts in the country.

Justice Upadhyaya’s Career Milestones

Justice Upadhyaya, born on June 16, 1965, completed his law degree from Lucknow University in 1991 and subsequently became a registered advocate on May 11, 1991. He specialized in handling Civil and Constitutional cases at the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. On November 21, 2011, he was elevated as an additional judge and later, on August 6, 2013, he was appointed as a permanent judge.

Justice Thakur’s Appointment to Andhra Pradesh High Court

Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur, a judge on the Bombay High Court, has been appointed as the Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court. The vacancy was created when the former Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra was elevated as a judge to the Supreme Court on May 19.

Justice Thakur was a former judge of High Court of Jammu & Kashmir in 2013. He was transferred to the Bombay High Court in June 2022, where he has served with distinction.

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