Bombay HC judge`s appointment challenged after 14 years
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday appointed
State advocate general Ravi Kadam as amicus curie to assist
the court in a petition challenging appointment of Justice J N
Patel as a high court judge.
Justice Patel was elevated to the High Court on March 11,
1996. Before that he was the judge of special TADA court which
was set up for the trial of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.
The petition challenging Patel`s appointment to High
Court has been filed by practising advocate and former
Sessions Judge V P Patil.
The petitioner alleged that Justice Patel did not
complete ten years as a judge in lower courts, and as per the
Constitution, a lower court judge must serve for ten years to
be eligible for elevation.
The hearing will be held next week.
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