J&K HC First Judge sworn in under Indian Constitution

SRINAGAR: For the first time in the history of the Indian judiciary, a J&ksuperiorcourtjudgewassworninonthursdayunderindiaandnotunderthej&kconstitution,whichceasedtobeinforcesinceaugust5oflastyear.,whenthecenterendedthespecialstateofthestateandreorganizeditintotwounionterritories.inyetanotherscoop,judgerajneshoswal'soathwasdeliveredviavideoconferenceduetorestrictionsonpublicgatheringandtherequirementforsocialdistancetostopthespreadofthecoronavirus.

j&khcpresidentgitamittaladministeredtheoathofofficeviavideoconference,whichwasjoinedbybrotherjudgesfromtheirrespectiveresidencesinjammu,chandigarhandsrinagar.theceremonywasbroadcastlivethroughaninternetwebcast.

theoathoccurredinasimpleceremonyintheconferenceroomofthejammuwingofthej&khc,withsomepeoplepresent,includingthecourt'ssecretarygeneral,sanjaydhar,whoreadtheorderfortheappointmentofthenewjudgeinenglishandhindi.thisisagainthefirsttimethattheappointmentorderwasreadinenglishandhindi.previously,itusedtobereadinenglishandurdu.

judgeoswalisthefirstj&ksuperiorcourtjudgetobesworninundertheindianconstitution.allprevioushcjudgeshadswornunderthej&kconstitution,”saiddhar.

previously,intheoldj&kstate,theordertoappointahcjudgeusedtobeinthreelanguages:english,urduandhindi,andsincethestatelanguagewasurdu,theorderusedtobereadinenglishandurduonly,dharsaid.

withjudgeoswal'sappointment,j&khc'sstrengthhasgrownfromeighttonine.thehchasasanctionedforceof17judges:13permanentandfouradditional.

judgeoswalwasappointedjudgeofthejointhcforj&kandladakhutsonjanuary29,andauthorizationtoadministertheoathwasreceivedonapril1,dharadded.

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