STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Justice Rajnesh Oswal was sworn in as a permanent Judge of the common High Court for the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh on Thursday. He was administered oath of office by the Chief Justice Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal in a simple but impressive ceremony here. He is the first Judge of the High Court to take oath under the Indian Constitution. All previous Judges of the High Court had taken oath under the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, which ceased to have effect since August 5, 2019.
– Other Judges participate in oath ceremony via video link – First J&K Judge to take oath under Indian Constitution
On account of guidelines with regard to measures for containment of COVID-19 pandemic in the country issued by the Government of India and the Government of Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and to avoid gathering as well as to maintain social distancing, other Judges of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir joined the oath ceremony through video link. The oath ceremony was live-streamed on internet through webcast also. It is for the first time in the history of Indian Judiciary, that the oath ceremony was attended by other Judges of the High Court through video conferencing wherein Judges joined while sitting from their respective residences at Jammu, Chandigarh and Srinagar and the ceremony was simultaneously live streamed through webcast on the internet. Advocate General, Assistant Solicitor General of India of both the wings of the High Court, President Bar Association, High Court of J&K, Jammu, Secretary Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs UT of J&K also joined the oath ceremony through video link. Warrant of appointment of Justice Rajnesh Oswal was read by Sanjay Dhar, Registrar General High Court of Jammu and Kashmir in English and Hindi. Earlier, in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, the warrant of the appointment of a Judge of the High Court used to be in three languages-English, Urdu and Hindi and owing to the reason that state language was Urdu, the warrant used to be read in English and Urdu version only. With the appointment of Justice Rajnesh Oswal as Judge of the High Court, the strength of J&K High Court increased from eight to nine. The J&K High Court has sanctioned strength of 17 Judges including 13 Permanent Judges and 4 Additional Judges. However, at present there are only eight Judges including Chief Justice Gita Mittal. The other Judges of the High Court are Justice Rajesh Bindal, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Justice Tashi Rabstan, Justice Sanjeev Kumar Shukla, Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta and Justice Sindhu Sharma. It is pertinent to mention that Justice Rajnesh Oswal was appointed as Judge of Common High Court for the Union territories of J&K and Ladakh on January 29, 2020 and the authorization for administering oath by Chief Justice to Justice Rajnesh Oswal was received on April 1, 2020. Born on June 17, 1973 at Jammu, Justice Rajnesh Oswal did his graduation from GGM Science College and LLB from Jammu University and had also received Gold Medal in LLB academics. Prior to his appointment, Justice Rajnesh Oswal was practicing law since 1998 and had also served as Standing Counsel for Crime Branch Jammu and panel Lawyer for J&K High Court.
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