The President of India on Friday appointed Justice Alok Aradhe as the acting Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
The current Chief Justice, Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar, has been appointed as the Chief Justice of Manipur High Court.
Justice Aradhe is the senior most judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court after Justice Sudhakar and Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir who have been appointed as CJs of Manipur High Court and Meghalaya High Court respectively.
Justice Sudhakar took oath as judge of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir on 17 April 2016.
Born on 14 February 1959 in Panapakkam village of Vellore district in Tamil Nadu, Justice Sudhakar was enrolled as an advocate and started practice as an associate of legal luminary and senior advocate Habibullah Badshah, former advocate general of Tamil Nadu and public prosecutor of Madras High Court.
Justice Sudhakar has practiced in all branches of law and specialised in the field of customs, central excise and sales tax law.
Justice Sudhakar was elevated to the Bench as an additional judge of the High Court of Madras on 10 December 2005 and as a permanent judge on 20 April 2007.
Born on 13 April 1964 at Raipur, Justice Alok Aradhe was enrolled as advocate on 12 July 1988. He practiced on civil and constitutional, arbitration and company matters in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur and was appointed as additional judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh on 29 December 2009 and permanent judge on 15 February 2011.
On 20 September 2016, Justice Alok Aradhe took oath as judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.