Mumbai: Advocate Somasekhar Sundaresan was sworn in as additional judge of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday by Chief Justice DK Upadhyaya.
Somasekhar was appointed as the additional judge of the high court by the Central government on Nov 23, nearly a year after his name was recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium.
The Bombay High Court collegium had recommended his name for elevation as a judge in October 2021. His name was then recommended by the Supreme Court collegium for elevation as a judge in February 2022.
The central government, in November 2022, sought reconsideration of his candidature saying “he has aired his views in the social media on several matters which are the subject matter of consideration before the courts”.
However, the Supreme Court collegium reiterated its recommendation to elevate Somasekhar as a judge in January this year. It said that the views made on social media by him do not furnish any foundation to infer that he was biased.
The central governemnt then cleared his name for appoitnemnt as an additrional judge on November 23. With Somasekhar’s appointment, the high court has 69 judges. It has a total sanctioned strength of 94 judges.
About Adv Somasekhar
After graduation from commerce stream, Somasekhar studied LLB from Government Law College in Mumbai. Later he joined a media organisation in the business section and worked there for two and half years. He started his legal career by joining Udwadia, Udeshi & Berjis and later moved on to J Sagar Associates. He specialised in Securities Law and Financial Sector Regulatory.