22 February 2017 Current Affairs: Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, a sitting judge of the Supreme Court of India, was appointed as the chairman of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal on 21 February 2017. He was nominated for the post by the Chief Justice JS Khehar.
The post was vacant since Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan resigned from the post. Justice Chauhan, who retired from the apex court in July 2014, was heading the Cauvery Water Disputes tribunal as its Chairperson.
In addition to this, Justice Sapre’s appointment as Chairman of the tribunal turns up to be a significant one as the Supreme Court will start hearing the Cauvery case on a regular basis from 21 March 2017.
Earlier in December 2016, the Union Cabinet approved a proposal to set up a single, permanent Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-state river water disputes subsuming existing tribunals. The tribunal was established with an aim to speed up water sharing disputes among states. In addition to this, the Union Government also proposed to float some benches to look into disputes.
Justice AM Sapre : Sapre, who enrolled as an advocate in January 1978, practised on civil constitutional and labour sides in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh in Jabalpur.
In October 1999, he was appointed as an additional judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh and confirmed as a permanent judge in October 2001.
In February 2011, he was transferred to Rajasthan High Court and assumed charge at Principal Seat Jodhpur.
In April 2012, he was transferred to Chhattisgarh High Court In March 2013, he was transferred to the High Court of Manipur as Chief Justice where he assumed the charge as the First Chief Justice of High Court of Manipur.
In October 2013, he was transferred to the Gauhati High Court, Guwahati as its Chief Justice.
In August 2014, he was elevated and took charge as Judge of the Supreme Court.
Born on 28 August 1954, Sapre will retire on 27 August 2019.