Rashid Ali Dar also appointed HC judge
Srinagar: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has given his nod for appointment of Sindhu Sharma as first women judge of J&K High Court. The President has also appointed former District and Sessions Judge, Rashid Ali Dar as High Court judge.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 95 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, the President is pleased to appoint Sindhu Sharma and Rashid Ali Dar, to be judges of the J&K High court, in that of seniority with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices,” reads the order.
Sindhu, the sister-in-law of Union Minister Arun Jaitley, would be the first woman judge of the J&K High Court. Sharma is presently posted as Assistant Solicitor General of India in J&K High Court Jammu Wing while Rashid Ali Dar retired as Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar on November 20 last year.
The names of advocate Wasim Sadiq Nargal, who had served as Senior Additional Advocate General, and advocate Nazir Ahmed Beig have been dropped despite the Supreme Court Collegium having recommended them for appointment as judges in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
The collegium of three senior-most judges, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justices J. Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi had recommended advocates Wasim Sadiq Nargal, Nazir Ahmed Beig and Sindhu Sharma besides Judicial Officer Rashid Ali Dar as the judges of the high court.
The recommendations were made by the then Chief Justice of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court, Justice Badar Durrez on 24 August last year in consultation with his two senior-most colleagues.
The sanctioned strength of the J&K High Court is 17 Judges including Chief Justice, but presently there are only 8 Judges. These included Justice Ali Mohd Magrey, Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Justice Tashi Rabstan, Justice Janak Raj Kotwal, Justice Sanjeev Kumar Shukla, Justice M K Hanjura and Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta besides acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe.
Last month, the Supreme Court Collegium also recommended acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Gita Mittal for appointment as the next Chief Justice of the J&K High Court.
The office of Chief Justice for the J&K High Court has been lying vacant since March 15 this year after the retirement of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed.