The Supreme Court’s Collegium is estimated to get Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar as its new member with force from September 3 following the retirement of Justice Arun Mishra on September 2. Justice Khanwilkar will be the fifth in ranking among the judges of the Supreme Court. Justice Khanwilkar who was appointed as judge of the top court on May 13, 2016, will continue to be in the Collegium till his retirement on July 29, 2022.
Senior Judge AM Khanwilker will arise before the Supreme Court today. Khanwilker joins the collegium following the retirement of Justice Arun Mishra. He was part of the benches that proclaimed verdicts in various critical cases, including the entry of women in Sabarimala, the case of Hadia, and the attack on the actress.
The Collegium will consist of CJI S A Bobde, Justices N V Ramana, Rohinton F Nariman, U U Lalit, and A.M. Khanwilkar. The Collegium system for supporting the government the names of judges for appointment to high courts, the Supreme Court as well as for the transfer of judges, was brought into reality by the Supreme Court through a judicial order in 1993.
With the retirement of Justice Mishra, the SC has four vacancies. Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar litigated for 18 years before his appointment as an Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court in 2000. He has been part of several noticeable judgments by Constitution benches during the tenure of then Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra.
AM Khanwilker – Career
A M Khanwilker did his B.Com from Mulund College of Commerce, Mumbai, and L.L.B. from K.C. Law College, Mumbai. He was enrolled as an Advocate on February 10, 1982. He had been the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court and the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
Constitutionality of Section 377 IPC
Ban on Female Genital Mutilation
Decriminalization of Adultery
Electoral Disqualification on Framing of Criminal Charges
Sabarimala Temple Entry
Constitutionality of Aadhaar Act
Hadiya Marriage Case
Euthanasia, Living Wills, and the Right to Die with Dignity
Special Status of Delhi
Judicial Relevance of Parliamentary Reports
Judicial Relevance of Parliamentary Report