In Justice Sindhu’s Swearing, History Created In HC

SRINAGAR — With the swearing-in of Justice Sindhu Sharma, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court for the first time in its history spanning 90-years has a sitting woman judge.

Acting Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Alok Aradhe, administered oath of office to her along with another judge, Justice Rashid Ali Dar.

The Warrants of appointments of newly appointed Judges issued by the President of India, were read out by Registrar General of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, Sanjay Dhar.

Registrar General also read out the Letter of Authorization issued by the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, authorizing Acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, to administer the oath of office to the newly appointed Judges.

Congratulating the newly appointed Judges, the Acting Chief Justice wished them a successful tenure ahead.

The sister-in-law of Union Minister Arun Jaitley, Shrama 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.

Judges, dignitaries and Guests besides Advisor to Governor B. B. Vyas, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, Justice M. K. Hanjura, Advocate General D.C. Raina, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, Director General of Police SP Vaid, Chairman, Human Rights Commission J&K, Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki, Former Judges of High Court, Secretary Law, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Judicial officers, Law Officer and staff of the High Court Registry were also present on the occasion.

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