Who had the Shortest and Longest Tenure as Chief Justice of Allahabad HC?

Justice Sanjay Yadav, former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, retired on Thursday after serving as the head of state judiciary for only 15 days.

However it was Justice Dwarka Nath Jha, who holds the record of shortest tenure as Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court i.e. for one day only.

On January 8, Justice Yadav was transferred from the Madhya Pradesh High Court to Allahabad High Court, where he served as Acting Chief Justice till April 14 followed by retirement of Justice Govinf Mathur. 

On May 20, the Collegium led by CJI N V Ramana recommended his appointment as CJ of Allahabad High Court. The government accepted the recommendation and notified appointment on June 10, leaving him with a 15-day tenure.

After Justice Yadav’s retirement, the Allahabad High Court, which has a sanctioned strength of 160 Judges, will function with only 95 judges. Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari has been appointed as the High Court’s acting Chief Justice. Justice Yadav had succeeded Justice Govind Mathur, who served as Chief Justice from November 21, 2017 to April 13, 2021.

From October 31, 2013 to May 12, 2016, Justice D Y Chandrachud was the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court. From 1947 to 1955, Justice Bidhu Bhushan Malik was the longest-serving Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court.

In the Supreme Court, Justice Kamal Narain Singh served as Chief Justice for the shortest period of time, from November 25 to December 12, 1991. 

Justice YV Chandrachud held the position of Chief Justice of India for the longest period of time, from February 22, 1978 to July 11, 1985, which will go down in Indian legal history as an unbroken record. 

His son, Justice D Y Chandrachud, will also become CJI in November next year, setting a record for the first father-son tandem to occupy the highest judicial office, albeit after an almost four-decade hiatus.

Therefore the Justice Dwarka Nath Jha had the shortest tenure as CJ and Justice Bidhu Bhushan Malik had the longest tenure as CJ of Allahabad HC.

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