SRINAGAR Government of India has appointed chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court and other states top courts including New Delhi, Madras, Kerala, Patna and Gujarat. The Madras High Court’s chief justice Indira Banerjee has been elevated as a Supreme Court judge.
Justice Gita Mittal, who was so far an acting chief justice of Delhi High Court, has been appointed as the first woman chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
Justice Gita Mittal was born on 9th December, 1958 to parents who were in academics. An alumna of the Lady Irwin Higher Secondary School [Science batch of 1975], Lady Shri Ram College For Women [BA (Eco. Hons.) 1978] and the Campus Law Centre, Delhi University [(LL.B) 1981], she was appointed as an Additional Judge of Delhi High Court on 16th July, 2004.
Prior to her appointment as Additional Judge, she had an illustrious legal practice in all courts and other judicial forums since 1981. Justice Mittal was confirmed as a permanent judge on the 20th of February, 2006.
As a judge, she has presided over several jurisdictions including heading a Division Bench hearing criminal appeals involving life and death sentence references; matters of the Armed Forces; Cooperative Societies; Criminal Contempt References; Criminal Appeals; Death References; Company Appeals; Writ Petitions and Letters Patent Appeals relating to the Armed Forces. She currently presides over a Division Bench hearing writ petitions arising out of orders of the Central Administrative Tribunal and other service matters.
Since August, 2008, Justice Gita Mittal has been a member of the Governing Council of the National Law University, Delhi. She is also a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi since 2013 and has been nominated to its Administrative Committee.
Meanwhile, Justice M R Shah, a judge of the Gujarat High Court, has been appointed as chief justice of Patna High Court on the basis of the recommendation made by the Supreme Court Collegium headed by CJI Dipak Misra.
Acting chief justice of Kerala High Court, Hrishikesh Roy has been asked to assume the charge as chief Justice of the same high court. Justice Rajendra Menon, chief justice of Patna High Court, has been transferred to Delhi High Court as chief justice.
Justice V K Tahilramani, acting chief justice of Bombay High Court, has been appointed as chief justice of Madras High Court. Justice Aniruddha Bose, judge of the Calcutta High Court, was appointed as chief justice of Jharkhand High Court. He was earlier recommended to take over as Delhi High Court chief justice but the government has returned his file, saying the Delhi High Court, being a prominent high court, must be headed by a senior judge. Justice K S Jhaveri, a judge of the Rajasthan High Court, has been appointed as chief justice of Orissa
High Court. Justice Vineet Saran, who was the chief justice over there, has been elevated to the top court.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court Collegium of CJI and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Madan B Lokur remitted back a recommendation for appointment of advocates Basharat Ali Khan and Mohd Mansoor, as judges of the Allahabad High Court. The government has twice sent back files relating to their appointments to the SC Collegium in view of certain complaints cited by the Union government.
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