Justice Rajnesh Oswal was sworn in as a permanent judge of the common High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh on Thursday.
He was administered oath of office by J&K High Court Chief Justice, Gita Mittal at a simple but impressive ceremony here.
He is the first judge of the High Court to take oath under the Indian Constitution. All previous judges of the High Court had taken oath under the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, which ceased to have effect since August 5, 2019, an official handout said.
On account of guidelines with regard to measures for containment of COVID19 pandemic and to avoid gathering as well as to maintain social distancing, other judges of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir joined the oath ceremony through video link. The oath ceremony was live streamed on internet through webcast also.
It is for the first time in the history of Indian Judiciary, that the oath ceremony was attended by other judges of the High Court through video conference wherein judges joined while sitting from their respective residences.
Advocate General, Assistant Solicitor General of India of both the wings of the High Court, President Bar Association, High Court of J&K, Jammu, Secretary Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs UT of J&K also joined the oath ceremony through video link.
Warrant of appointment of Justice Rajnesh Oswal was read by Sanjay Dhar, Registrar General High Court of Jammu and Kashmir in English and Hindi.
With the appointment of Justice Rajnesh Oswal as judge of the High Court, the strength of J&K High Court increased from eight to nine. The J&K High Court has sanctioned strength of 17 Judges including 13 Permanent Judges and 4 Additional Judges.
It is pertinent to mention that Justice Rajnesh Oswal was appointed as judge of Common High Court for the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh on 29 January 2020 and the authorization for administering oath by Chief Justice to Justice Rajnesh Oswal was received on 1st April 2020.
Prior to his appointment, Justice Rajnesh Oswal was practicing law since 1998 and had also served as Standing Counsel for Crime Branch Jammu and Panel lawyer for J&K High Court.
Justice Oswal has done his graduation from GGM Science College and LLB from Jammu University and has also received Gold Medal in LLB academics.