The Center has selected Justice Hemant Gupta as Chairperson of the New Delhi International Arbitration Center, two months after he retired from the Supreme Court as a judge.
The Cabinet’s Appointments Committee gave its approval to Justice Gupta’s nomination in a notification that was released on December 19. After serving on the Supreme Court for four years, he retired on October 16.
Justice Gupta rendered several significant rulings during his time serving as an apex court justice, including the decision in the Karnataka Hijab prohibition case. Just three days prior to his retirement, Justice Gupta dismissed the appeals challenging the March 15 Karnataka High Court decision that had refused to overturn the prohibition in the split verdict in the Hijab case. Justice Gupta was opposed by Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia.
The Karnataka High Court’s order to permit the usage of Idgah Maidan in Bengaluru’s Chamarajpet for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations was challenged in a second two-judge bench split judgement issued in August of this year. The High Court decision was suspended while the matter was heard by a three-judge panel on the same day.
Ganesh Chandru, Partner at Dua Associates, and Attorney Anant Vijay Palli were also nominated by the Centre as its part-time members. Palli is married to Justice Rekha Palli, a Delhi High Court judge, and is the son of former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge P K Palli. Currently serving as a judge on the Punjab and Haryana High Court is his brother, Justice Arun Palli.
The Upper House last week approved a bill filed by Union Minister for Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju to rename the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre as the India International Arbitration Centre by voice vote.
The NDIAC was established in 2019 and has been recognised as a national institution of importance. It is a seven-member body that is led by a former Supreme Court or High Court judge or another distinguished individual.