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Justice Dipankar Dutta: Supreme Court Chief Justice DY Chandrachud will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed judge of the apex court Justice Dipankar Dutta on Monday (December 12). Justice Datta, son of late former Calcutta High Court judge Justice Salil Kumar Datta, will take oath at 10.30 am in court room number one of the court.
After Justice Datta takes the oath of office and secrecy, the strength of judges in the apex court will increase to 28. The total number of sanctioned posts of Supreme Court judges including the Chief Justice is 34.
Justice Dipankar Dutta’s tenure will be till 8 February 2030
The Department of Justice of the Union Law Ministry issued a notification on Sunday (December 11) announcing his appointment. Justice Dutta was born on February 9, 1965. He turns 57 this year and his tenure in the Supreme Court will last till February 8, 2030. The retirement age in the Supreme Court is 65 years.
President approves and issues warrant of appointment
Dutta’s name was recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium, headed by the then Chief Justice Justice UU Lalit (now retired), in its meeting held on September 26. About two and a half months later, the government stamped its consent and sent it to the President for final approval. The President gave his approval and issued the warrant of appointment. At present, only 27 judges are working in the Supreme Court against the total fixed strength of 34 judges.
Justice Dutta was promoted on June 22, 2006.
Justice Datta was elevated as a permanent judge of the Calcutta High Court on June 22, 2006. After this, on 28 April 2020, he was made the Chief Justice of the Mumbai High Court. According to information available on the Calcutta High Court website, he obtained a law degree in 1989 from Calcutta University. After this, he was registered as an advocate on November 16, 1989.
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