SRINAGAR: The bench strength of J&K high court rose to 10 as justice Alok Aradhe took oath as its judge on Tuesday.
The 52-year-old was administered oath by the Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar at a simple ceremony attended by brother judges besides top civil and police officers of the state.
Justice Aradhe was transferred from Madhya Pradesh High Court by Indian law ministry and the state governor, as per procedure, issued a letter, authorizing the chief justice to administer oath of office to him. The approved strength of judges in the high Court including chief justice is 17
Speaking on the occasion, Justice Aradhe called for cooperation between Bench and the Bar for effective working of the legal system.
He hoped that with the cooperation from the bar, he will perform his duties to the best of his abilities.
Born on April 13, 1964 at Raipur, Justice Aradhe was enrolled as advocate on July 12, 1988. He practiced on civil and constitutional, arbitration and company matters before being appointed as additional judge of the high court of Madhya Pradesh on December 29, 2009. He became the permanent Judge on February 15th, 2011.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey, all sitting judges as well as former judges including justices (retd) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani, Muzaffar Jan and Hasnain Massodi. Advocate General Jehangir Iqbal, Chief Secretary BR Sharma, Director General Police K Rajendra, DGP (Law& Order) SP Vaid, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Inspector general of Police (Kashmir), Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani, Additional Advocate Generals, Assistant Solicitor Generals and Secretary Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs were also present.