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Indian-American on Trump's list of Supreme Court nominees

IANS  |  Washington 

Thapar, an Indian-American from the US state of is on Donald Trump's short list of potential nominees to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement a day before.

The first South Asian to be named to a lifetime federal judgeship, Thapar is one of three minorities on Trump's list of 25 names, which was put together in consultation with conservative legal scholars, the US media reported.

The others are Frederico Moreno, a in South Florida, who is Hispanic, and Robert Young, a retired judge, who is African-American.

Thapar, 49, currently sits on the 6th and is a favourite of Mitch McConnell, reported.

He was previously floated as a possible pick to replace associate Justice of the Antonin Scalia but he and others on the list of potential nominees were passed over for now Justice

Kennedy, who provided key votes for same sex-marriage, abortion access and affirmative action, announced his retirement on Wednesday. The development has reopened the door for Thapar's consideration.

McConnell has praised Thapar in the past. "He is a well-qualified jurist, and a man of high integrity," McConnell said in a statement last year following a Senate committee's approval of Thapar serving on the appeals court. The 6th Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, and

Thapar is likely near the top of McConnell's list, if not at the top, said Carl Tobias, a at the "You certainly can't rule him out. He has to be considered a contender," Tobias said.

Prior to his confirmation to the 6th Circuit, Thapar served as a US and US in the Eastern District of He also served as an assistant US in and



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First Published: Thu, June 28 2018. 14:58 IST