Why Justice Kureshi’s Omission from Collegium List Raises Questions
The recent omission of Justice Akil Abduhamid Kureshi – one of the seniormost high court chief justices in the country – from the list of nine chief justices and judges of various high courts, cleared on August 18 by the Supreme Court collegium headed by CJI N.V. Ramana, continues to make headlines.
Justice A.K. Kureshi had remanded Amit Shah (now Union Home Minister) in the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, over a decade ago, in 2010.
The elevation of Justice Kureshi had become a cause for concern in November 2018, when the Gujarat High Court Advocates Association had called for a strike to protest against his transfer to the Bombay High Court. Kureshi is said to be held in high regard by the Gujarat Bar Council and his transfer to Mumbai – at a time when he was about to be the Acting Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court – where he would be the fifth-most senior judge, caused much consternation and whispers that the powers that be were at work….