90 Yrs On, HC Gets First Woman Judge


SRINAGAR — In the 90 years of its existence, the J&K High Court has had 107 judges and all of them have been men. On Wednesday, president of India issued a warrant for the appointment of Sindhu Sharma, the sister-in-law of Union Minister Arun Jaitley, as the High Court’s first woman judge.

The President issued warrant for the appointment of advocate Sindhu Sharma along with judicial officer Rashid Ali Dar as judges to the J&K High Court.

Sindhu Sharma is already credited to be the first lady advocate from the J&K High Court to have been appointed an Assistant Solicitor General of India.

After her initial appointment as ASG in November 2014, her tenure was renewed for a further period of three years in November 2017.

She enrolled with the Bar in 1996 after obtaining her LL.B qualification from the Punjab University, Chandigarh. She has practiced in the District Courts and the J&K High Court.

In 2013, she was elected as the Vice President of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Jammu for a two-year term. She has also served as the standing counsel for the NPHC, Power Grid Corporation and Jammu Development Authority.

Recently, the Collegium has recommended Delhi High Court’s Acting Chief Justice, Gita Mittal as the next Chief Justice of the J&K High Court.

If the Centre chooses to greenlight this resolution, the J&K High Court could get its first woman Chief Justice as well.

Rashid Ali Dar was born in economically backward Brinjan village of Chadoora Tehsil in Budgam district, Rashid Ali Dar had his earlier educatio in the local area up to primary classes in village Brinjan. He did his graduation at Amar Singh College in 1977-78 and L.L.B from University of Kashmir in 1980.

He joined BAR in May 1980, practiced in Munsiff Court Chadoora District Court Budgam, District Court Srinagar and High court up to June 1984.

Rashid Ali Dar had been president of Bar Association Chadoora up to June 1984.

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