Srinagar: Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed, a keen sportsman, has been appointed as new chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir, 10 days after his predecessor, Justice N Paul Vasanathakumar, retired from services.
Born on 16 March 1956 in Shillong (Meghalaya), Delhi High Court Judge Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed was appointed as the Chief Justice by the president of India with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.
Having studied at St Edmund’s College, Shillong, (1962-1966) and St Columba’s High School, New Delhi (1966-1971), Justice Ahmed passed the Indian School Certificate Examination in 1971-1972. He was selected for the National Science Talent Scholarship in 1972 but chose Economics (Hons) and graduated from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University in 1975. He passed Tripos in Economics Examination from Trinity College, Cambridge University, U.K. in 1977 and obtained the B.A (Hons) and M.A. Degrees.
He was Lecturer in Economics for B.A.(Hons) second and final year students in St Stephen’s College, Delhi (1977-1979) and at the same time, he was also studying for the LLB Degree which he received in 1980 from Delhi University.
Justice Ahmed was enrolled as an Advocate on 5 September 1980 with the Bar Council of Delhi and started practice in the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court. In 1986 he set up a law firm under the name of “Lawyers Associated” and was partner in the firm till March, 2000. Thereafter, Justice Ahmed practiced in the Supreme Court and other High Courts as counsel and also advised on various aspects of law relating to finance, companies, properties, banking, contracts and other areas of commercial and civil law.
He also has a keen interest in Personal Laws including Muslim Personal Law and has written several articles in this connection. He has contributed the section on “deeds and other instruments” for Halsbury’s Law of India.
As per his profile, Justice Ahmed is keenly interested in computers and knows several computer programming languages including Assembly, C Basic, Visual Basic and dialects of Dbase (including Clipper) and has written two stand-alone accounting software packages for lawyers: ACT-C and ACT-S. Till his elevation as an additional Judge of the Delhi High Court on 20 December 2002, he was also the Secretary of Ghalib Institute, New Delhi. He is a keen sportsman and played Cricket and Football for the school. He was member of the St Stephen’s College Tennis Team and played Tennis and Squash for Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K.