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Judge recruit plea quashed

New Delhi, Feb. 7 (PTI): Delhi High Court today dismissed a petition challenging last year’s appointment of a secretary in the Bengal government as a judge in Calcutta High Court.

“We do not think it a fit case for issuing a writ of quo warranto on a petition challenging the appointment of a judge of a high court,” a bench of Justices D.K. Jain and Madan B. Lokur said.

The petitioner, Deepak Prahladka, a legal activist, had contended that the appointment of Justice S.P. Talukdar was in violation of the Constitution.

Talukdar was a secretary in the judicial department before being appointed as a judge.

of state government before being appointed as the judge of the high court and as such he was not an independent person.

He submitted that as per the constitution, a person to be appointed as judge should be independent on the date of appointment and should not be holding any public office.

Justice talukdar was appointed judge of the calcutta high court in april 12, 2002.

The court also questioned the petitioner for raising the issue almost a year after the appointment. Pti rks rj 02071812 d

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