NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud has reiterated the name of senior advocate Harpreet Singh Brar for elevation as a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
In a resolution, the Collegium, also comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph, said that on March 10, 2022, the Collegium of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana recommended the elevation of Harpreet Singh Brar, as a judge of the high court.
The recommendation was approved by the Collegium of the Supreme Court on July 25, 2022. However, the Department of Justice flagged certain issues and referred back the recommendation on November 25, 2022 for reconsideration by Collegium.
The Collegium in February this year, sought the views of the Collegium of the high court, which held a meeting on February 23, 2023 to reconsider the recommendation for the appointment of Brar, bearing in mind the observation of the Department of Justice.
“Upon careful evaluation of the matters which have been noted by the Department of Justice, the high court collegium which has been constituted afresh with a new member has arrived at the unanimous view that there was no reason to take a view different from the one taken earlier and has reiterated the recommendation for the elevation of Harpreet Singh Brar,” the statement published on court’s website said.
The resolution also said that the Collegium of the Supreme Court took into consideration the opinion of its consultee-judges.
“The Collegium has now obtained the opinion of two more consultee-judges who have been appointed as judges of the Supreme Court recently. In view of the opinion of the consultee-judges of this court and the report submitted by the Chief Justice of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana along with minutes of the Collegium and papers enclosed with it, and after examining all aspects of the matter, the Collegium is of the view that Harpreet Singh Brar is fit and suitable for appointment as a Judge of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana,” the Collegium said.