The President of India has appointed five new judges to the Karnataka High Court. The Government of India has issued a notification for the same. The five new judges are Ashok G Nijagannanavar, HP Sandesh, K Natarajan, PG MutalikPatil and A S Bellunke. All of them were district judges.
The President also appointed seven additional judges of the Karnataka High Court as permanent Judges. They are Justice K Somashekar, Justice K S Mudagal, Justice Sreenivas Harish Kumar, Justice John Michael Cunha, Justice B A Patil, Justice N K Sudhindra Rao and Justice H B Prabhakara Sastry.
According to the notification issued by Rajinder Kashyap, Joint Secretary to the Government of India, the appointment of Ashok G Nijagannanavar, HP Sandesh, K Natarajan would be for a period of two years effective from the date they assume charge of their respective offices. However, the appointment of P G MutalikPatil and A S Bellunke would be effective from the date they assume charge till February 19, 2020, and August 2, 2019, respectively.
With these appointments, the number of judges in the Karnataka High Court will be 33.
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