3 HC judges take oath-of-office

Chief Justice Gita Mittal today administered oath of office to three newly appointed judges of the common High Court for the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

Justices Vinod Chatterji Koul, Sanjay Dhar and Puneet Gupta were sworn in as permanent judges in a simple but impressive ceremony in Chief Justice’s Court at Jammu wing of the High Court, an official handout said.

On account of guidelines with regard to measures for containment of COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the sitting judges of the High Court of J&K joined the oath ceremony through video conference while sitting in their respective residences at Jammu, Chandigarh and Srinagar.

The oath ceremony was live streamed on internet through webcast also, the statement said.

Advocate General, Assistant Solicitor General of India of both the wings of the High Court, President HC Bar Association Jammu, Secretary Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs UT of J&K also joined the oath ceremony through video linkage.

Warrants of appointment of the three judges were read by Registrar General (Officiating) High Court of J&K Jawad Ahmed in English and Hindi.

Meanwhile, the sitting judges of J&K High Court congratulated the newly appointed judges immediately after the oath ceremony.

Advocate General, ASGI Jammu and Srinagar, Secretary Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, President High Court Bar Association Jammu also congratulated the newly appointed judges and conveyed their best wishes.

With the appointment of three more judges, the strength of J&K High Court has increased from nine to twelve.  The J&K High Court has sanctioned strength of 17 judges including 13 permanent judges and 4 additional judges.

Prior to their appointment as judges, Justice Vinod Chatterje Koul was posted as Chairman, Sales Tax Tribunal, Justice Sanjay Dhar was Registrar General of the J&K High Court and Justice Puneet Gupta was discharging his judicial duties as Member, Special Tribunal, Jammu.

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