Justice Rafiq to be Meghalaya CJ

With Justice Rafiq’s appointment, there would be three High Courts in the country having CJs from Rajasthan

Jaipur: The senior-most judge of Rajasthan High Court, Justice Mohammed Rafiq has been recommended by the Supreme Court collegium for the position of Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court. The SC collegium has sent a recommendation to the Central government to appoint new CJs in five High Courts of the country which includes Jharkhand, Madras, Madhya Pradesh and Patna. Justice Rafiq was working as an Acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court from September 23 to October 5, 2019 until Justice Indrajit Mahanty was appointed as CJ of Rajasthan High Court.

A look at Justice Rafiq’s journey

Born on July 25, 1960 in Sujangarh, Jhunjhunu, Justice Mohammed Rafiq started his career in 1981. On 8 July 1984, he was enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Rajasthan and was appointed as a judge in Rajasthan High Court on May 15, 2006.

An expert in constitutional, civil, service, criminal, land acquisition, arbitration, company and custom matters, Justice Rafiq is also a member of the National Legal Services Authority and an Executive Chairman of Rajasthan State Legal Services Authority.

He has held various positions such as Assistant Government Advocate, Deputy State Advocate, Junior Standing Counsel, Standing Council of Company Court to Additional State Advocate General. While the list of the departments he held is also exhaustive as he served Finance, Cooperation, Animal Husbandry, Forest, Irrigation, Autonomous Governance departments along with being the panel advocate of many departments of the state government.

With Justice Rafiq’s appointment to Meghalaya HC, there would be three High Courts in the country having Chief Justices from Rajasthan.

Moreover, Supreme Court has transferred 3 High Court Judges to bigger High Courts to manage law arrangements in a better manner. The apex court had made changes to its earlier recommendations. Chief Justice of Tripura Sanjay Karol’s name is now recommended for Patna High Court instead of Jharkhand. Present Patna HC CJ AP Saahi will be occupying the vacant seat of Justice VK Tahirmalani who resigned recently. Meghalaya CJ AK Mittal is being recommended for Madhya Pradesh HC. Justice Akil Kureshi was first recommended by SC as MP CJ, but the request was disapproved by the Centre. He was later appointed as the CJ of Tripura High Court.