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President issues warrants for appointment of 3 HC Judges
4/4/2020 12:18:22 AM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Apr 3: President of India Ram Nath Kovind has issued the warrants of appointment for three High Court Judges of the Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh and a notification in this regard has been issued by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice.
The Notification No K.13021/02/2019-US.II issued by Rajinder Kashyap, Joint Secretary of Union Ministry of Law and Justice says, “In exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Vinod Chatterji Koul, Sanjay Dhar and Puneet Gupta, to be Judges of Common High Court for the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union territory of Ladakh, in that order of seniority, with effort from the date they assume charge of their respective offices”.
Vinod Chatterji Koul born on January 21, 1964 at Village Wanpoo, erstwhile District Anantnag, Presently District Kulgam. He did his early schooling from Govt. School Srandoo and Govt. School Kanipora and further schooling from Govt. Hr. Secondary School, Anantnag. He did his Graduation (B.Sc.) from Govt. Degree College, Anantnag and LL.B. from Kashmir University, Srinagar in the year 1989. He migrated along with his parents and siblings to Jammu in January 1990 due to turmoil in Kashmir. He was enrolled as an Advocate with J&K Bar Council in 1990 and started practicing at High Court of J&K with Sr. Advocate Jaswant Singh Kotwal.
He cleared the KCS (Judicial) Examiantion, 1993 and secured first position. He joined as Munsiff in 1995 and his first posting was as District Mobile Magistrate (Traffic), Udhampur.
Sanjay Dhar was born in village Danow Bogund District Kulgam and initial education from Kulgam. He did his Graduation in Science Subjects from SP College Srinagar and LLB from University of Kashmir in 1990. He started practice as Advocate in Delhi and appointed as Munsiff in the year 1997.
Puneet Gupta born on 10th April 1963, did his early schooling in KV Jammu and Mahavir Jain High School Jammu, graduation and later LLB (1985) from Jammu University. Joined as Munsif in the year 1995 and promoted as district and sessions judge in the year 1997.
With the elevation of, these three judicial officers, the strength of judges of Common High Court for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh, has gone up from nine to tweleve. The J&K High Court has sanctioned strength of 17 Judges including 13 Permanent Judges and 4 Additional Judges. JNF
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