On Tuesday, Justice Dipankar Datta, a Senior Judge of the Calcutta High Court, was sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.
The oath of office was administered to Justice Dutta by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at a brief swearing-in ceremony held at Raj Bhavan.
Justice Datta succeeds Justice Bhushan Pradyumna Dharmadhikari whose term as Chief Justice ended on April 27, 2020. Born in February 1965, Justice Dipankar Datta has practiced in various High courts including Calcutta High Court, Gauhati High Court, Jharkhand High Court.
Occasionally, he has also practiced in the Supreme Court of India for about 16 years in Civil, Constitutional, Labour, Service, Education, and Transport and has specialised in Constitutional, Labour and Service matters. He has worked as Junior Standing Counsel in West Bengal.
He was a Central Government Counsel and held the office of Lawyer-in-Charge of the University of West Bengal and the West Bengal School Service Commission. On June 22, 2006, he was appointed as a Permanent Judge of the Calcutta High Court.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Devendra Fadnavis, Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Nana Patole, Minister of Protocol and Tourism Aaditya Thackeray, family members of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta, judges of the Bombay High Court, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Sanjay Kumar, Advocate General Ashotosh Kumbhakoni, Director General of Police Subodh Jaiswal and Commissioner of Mumbai Police Parambir Singh were prominent among those present for the ceremony.