Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal
Acting Chief Justice Gita MittalJustice Gita Mittal was born on 9th December, 1958 to parents who were in academics. An alumna of the Lady Irwin Higher Secondary School [Science batch of 1975], Lady Shri Ram College For Women [BA (Eco. Hons.) 1978] and the Campus Law Centre, Delhi University [(LL.B) 1981], she was appointed as an Additional Judge of Delhi High Court on 16th July, 2004.
Prior to her appointment as Additional Judge, she had an illustrious legal practice in all courts and other judicial forums since 1981. Justice Mittal was confirmed as a permanent judge on the 20th of February, 2006.
As a judge, she has presided over several jurisdictions including heading a Division Bench hearing criminal appeals involving life and death sentence references; matters of the Armed Forces; Cooperative Societies; Criminal Contempt References; Criminal Appeals; Death References; Company Appeals; Writ Petitions and Letters Patent Appeals relating to the Armed Forces. She currently presides over a Division Bench hearing writ petitions arising out of orders of the Central Administrative Tribunal and other service matters.
Since August, 2008, Justice Gita Mittal has been a member of the Governing Council of the National Law University, Delhi. She is also a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi since 2013 and has been nominated to its Administrative Committee.
Justice Mittal is presently chairing the court committees on the Delhi High Court’s Mediation and Conciliation Centre as well as the committee monitoring the Implementation of Judicial Guidelines for Dealing with Cases of Sexual Offences and Child Witnesses. She has spearheaded the Vulnerable Witness Court Project in the trial courts in Delhi leading to the first such court room in India being inaugurated on 16th September, 2012 and the second on 11th September, 2013.
She has also served on the COFEPOSA Advisory Board, under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange & Prevention of Smuggling Act, 1974; and the committee responsible for assessing the performance of judicial officers for their recommendation for elevation as Judge of the Delhi High Court. She was appointed as a single judge Tribunal under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 in February, 2008 to examine the Government ban on activities of the Students of Islamic Movement in India (SIMI).
Deeply engaged with the work of institutional strengthening, Justice Mittal has also served as a member of the Committee Against Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Place; Working Conditions and Welfare Committee For Judicial Officers/staff of High Court and District Courts; Committee to assess the performance of additional Judges of this Court while recommending their appointment as permanent Judges and to assess the judgments of additional Judges for the purpose of extension of their terms as additional Judges; Library Committee; Committee on Introduction of Evening Courts/Shift System in Subordinate Courts; and the Examination-cum-Judicial Education and Training Programme Committee.
She has been engaged in conducting programmes on several topics of social relevance including gender and disability sensitisation; environment; disaster management and constitutional rights of the marginalised.
Justice Mittal has been invited to contribute to national and international discussions at various forums and to present papers on topics including those relating to access to justice for the disadvantaged; gender issues; protection of human rights; impact of incarceration on women; corporate social responsibility; death penalty; impact of religion, culture, tradition on judging; corporate laws; procedure and intellectual property litigation and environmental laws and issues.
Her judicial pronouncements include judgements on compensation for riot victims; right to shelter of internally displaced persons; right to marriage of a lady member of the Armed Force; the appointment of a person suffering from ‘Disorder of Sexual Differentiation’ into the para-military force; principles which would govern DNA testing in paternity issues in the absence of statutory provisions; the conducting of trials in cases involving sexual offences and recording of statements of the victims and guidelines for the same; governance of sports and sports bodies; issues involving termination of service because of a pregnancy; right to workers in the labour force; trade-mark litigation; privacy laws; contours of the right to privacy of a public figure; revocation of passport – when permissible; constitutionality of enhancement of court fee; public interest, communication and commercial disputes of a wide nature.
Prior to her elevation, she was a member of the Delhi University Court from 3rd April, 1999 to 2nd April, 2004. She was nominated to the Governing Body of Ram Lal Anand College serving its member from 12th November, 1997 to 11th November, 1999.
While in school, she was awarded the President's Guide Certificate by the President of India in 1974. She has represented India & Bharat Scouts and Guides at an International Global Ecology Event (Earth 'n' Us) in the USA in 1974 and studied global ecology and its preservation, in the area of air, energy, ocean, land and human resources. In 1978, she was again invited and participated as a unit leader in an international performing arts event Melody 'n' Makebelieve in the USA and thereafter in 1979 in other capacities.
She has represented Delhi at the National level open championships and also captained Delhi Juniors in volleyball. She was the Sports President of the Lady Shri Ram College (1977-1978) and was the recipient of All Round Best Sports Person Award of the College in 1978.
She received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2008 from the Vice President of India, awarded by the Lady Shriram College for Women. The citation for the award reads that she is being recognized “for her landmark judgements which have ensured long-denied justice for the victimized; for the courage of her convictions and her indomitable spirit in turning challenges into opportunities; for her visionary tenacity in striving to uphold the basic right to human dignity.”
Appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court w.e.f. 14th April, 2017.
Justice S. Ravindra Bhat
Justice S. Ravindra BhatBorn on 21st October 1958, at Mysore. Educated in Bangalore and Gwalior. Finished schooling from Central School, Faridabad. Thereafter completed graduation in B.A.(.Hons) in English literature from Hindu College, Delhi University, 1979. Graduated in law (LL.B) from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University (1982). Enrolled with Delhi Bar Council in August, (1982).
Commenced law practice in 1982.Practised before the Delhi High Court, Supreme Court, and before various other- judicial fora.
During the course of law practice, had exposure in different branches of law as Public Law, Banking, Education, Labour and Service, and Indirect Taxation.
Assumed office as Additional Judge, Delhi High Court on 16th July, 2004, and Permanent Judge of Delhi High Court on 20th February, 2006.
Justice Sanjiv Khanna
Justice Sanjiv KhannaJustice Sanjiv Khanna was born on 14th May, 1960 and finished his schooling from Delhi in 1977. After graduating in the year 1980 from Delhi University, he studied law at Delhi University and was enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi in 1983. His practice of law included taxation, arbitration, commercial, environment & pollution and writ jurisdiction matters in the Delhi High Court. As an advocate, he had also handled several matters of medical negligence under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, and company law matters before the Company Law Board and the Delhi High Court. He had represented the Government of Delhi as an Additional Public Prosecutor in criminal law matters. He was a Senior Standing Counsel for the Income Tax Department for about seven years and in 2004 he was appointed as a Standing Counsel (civil) for the National Capital Territory of Delhi in the Delhi High Court. On 24th June 2005 he was elevated as an Additional Judge of the Delhi High Court and became a permanent judge on 20th February, 2006.
Justice G. S. Sistani
Justice G. S. SistaniBorn on March 11th, 1958. Studied in Frank Anthony Public School, New Delhi, till 1976 and Graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University in 1979 and thereafter obtained L.L.B. degree in 1982.
Enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi in 1982. Commenced his career with Kaura & Company Advocates and thereafter joined his father S.N.S.Sistani who was a reputed Senior Advocate of this Court. Practiced in Delhi High Court mainly on Commercial, Civil, Writ, Original and Companies jurisdiction of the High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court of India. Also appeared before the MRTP Commission, Debt Recovery Tribunal and Arbitrators. Apart from other the nature of litigation has handled cases relating to Constitutional, Banking, Finance and Excise, MRTP, Real Estate, Administration, Cooperate, Commercial Service etc.
Remained Advocate Delhi Government during which period had handled all kinds of cases on their behalf including cases relating to Directorate of Education, Excise, Service Matters etc. as well as remained Advocate for the Delhi Development Authority. Standing Counsel for Punjab & Sind Bank as well as appeared for several other Private and Nationalized Banks, Public Sector Undertakings and other Multinational Companies.
Have been appointed as an Amicus Curiae in various cases by the High Court. Have appeared in cases entrusted by the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee. A keen sportsman, Head Boy of his school and associated with social organizations and a committee member of an aided school. Appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Delhi with effect from May 29, 2006 and was confirmed w.e.f 29.8.07.
Justice Dr. S. Muralidhar
Justice Dr. S. MuralidharS. Muralidhar began his law practice in Chennai in September 1984 and in 1987 shifted to the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court. He was active as a lawyer for the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee and later was its member for two terms. His pro bono work included the cases for the victims of the Bhopal Gas Disaster and those displaced by the dams on the Narmada. He was appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court in several PIL cases and in cases involving convicts on the death row. Muralidhar was counsel for the National Human Rights Commission and the Election Commission of India and a part-time member of the Law Commission from December 2002 till May 2006 when he was appointed a judge of the Delhi High Court. Muralidhar was awarded the Ph D by the Delhi University in 2003. He is the author of `Law, Poverty and Legal Aid: Access to Criminal Justice' a book published by LexisNexis Butterworths in August 2004
Justice Hima Kohli
Justice Hima KohliBorn on 2nd September, 1959 in Delhi. Graduated in History (Hons.) from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi in 1979. Did Post Graduation in History with 1st Division from University of Delhi. Studied Law at The Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi and was enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi in 1984. Practiced mainly in High Court of Delhi in civil, appellate and writ matters including commercial and arbitration matters and cases relating to Multi-State Co-operative Societies. Was Standing Counsel and Legal Advisor to the New Delhi Municipal Council in the High Court of Delhi with effect from 1999-2004. Was appointed as the Additional Standing Counsel (Civil), Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi in the Delhi High Court in December 2004. Has represented Government of Delhi in several important public interest litigations. Was the Legal Advisor to the Public Grievances Commission, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India and National Co-operative Development Corporation and other private organizations, banks etc.
Has been a member of the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee, a statutory body constituted under the Legal Services Authority Act.
Appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Delhi with effect from May 29, 2006 and confirmed w.e.f. 29.08.07.
Alongwith performing the official duties of a Judge, she takes a keen interest in environmental jurisprudence and mediation as emerging areas of law, and has participated and presented papers at several international symposiums and conferences on these subjects.
Justice Vipin Sanghi
Justice Vipin SanghiBorn on 27th October, 1961 at Nagpur. Shifted with family from Nagpur to Delhi in the year 1965. Did schooling in Delhi and passed out from Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, New Delhi in the year 1980. Went on to Graduate in B.Sc Mathematics (Hons.) from Delhi University, in the year 1983 and thereafter joined the LL.B. course at the Law Faculty, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi. Completed the law course in the year 1986 and was enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi as an Advocate in the same year.
Is a third generation lawyer after his grandfather Late Shri V. K. Sanghi, Advocate and father Late Shri G. L. Sanghi, Senior Advocate. Initially worked in the office of Shri Mukul Rohatgi, Senior Advocate. Was appointed as a Central Government Panel Advocate and functioned as such during 1990-91. Was also appointed as Central Government Panel Lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. Also functioned as a Counsel for the M.C. Jain, Commission of Enquiry. Practiced on the Civil and the Constitutional side in the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India and Hon'ble High Court of Delhi. Was designated as Senior Advocate by the Hon'ble Delhi High Court in December, 2005.
Has attended various International Law Conferences including the LAWASIA Biennial Conferences in Tokyo, Japan and Gold Coast, Australia, The POLA conference in Hong Kong and the INSOL Law Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Delhi with effect from May 29, 2006 and confirmed as a Judge on 11th February, 2008.
Justice Siddharth Mridul
Justice Siddharth Mridul* Born on 22nd November, 1962.
* Father Late Shri P.R.Mridul was a Senior Advocate.
* Did his schooling from Army Public School.
* Graduated in the year 1983 from Hindu College,
University of Delhi in B.A.Hons.History.
* Did L.L.B. in the year 1986 from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.
* Enrolled with Bar Council of Delhi on 24th July, 1986.
* Practiced as an advocate, variedly in matters relating to Writ and Writ Appellate Jurisdictions, Civil Original and Appellate Jurisdictions, Company Jurisdiction and Criminal Jurisdiction in the High Court of Delhi.
* Also practiced in The High Court of Judicature at Bombay, The Karnataka High Court at Bangalore, The Rajasthan High Court at Jaipur, Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal, Company Law Board, Appellate Authority for Industrial & Financial Reconstruction, Debt Recovery Tribunal, National and State Consumer Dispute Redress Commissions at Delhi.
* Was appointed
- Standing Counsel Union of India in 2004.
- Senior Panel Counsel for Union of India in February 2006.
* Designated as Senior Advocate in May 2006.
* Elected as Member of the Bar Council of Delhi for two terms 1992-1998 and 1998-2003.
Served as a member of the Disciplinary Committee. Also served as the Honorary Secretary to the Bar Council of Delhi from 1994 to 1997 and as the Vice Chairman from 1998 to 2003.
* Appointed by the High Court of Delhi as Member in various committees to go into inter alia, the issues of rehabilitation of children after the abolition of child labour, illegal construction in contravention of municipal bye- laws, and member of the Committee constituted to suggest, supervise and implement measures for the efficient and hygienic functioning of the Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi.
* Appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Delhi with effect from 13th March, 2008 and as a Permanent Judge on 26th May, 2009.
Justice ManmohanJustice Manmohan was born in Delhi on December 17, 1962. He did his schooling from Modern School, Barakhamba Road. He received his B.A. (Hons.) in History from Hindu College of University of Delhi. Attended Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi and received his LL.B. in 1987, and enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Delhi in the same year. Practiced primarily in Supreme Court of India and High Court of Delhi in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Taxation, Arbitration, Trademark and Service litigation. Served as Senior Panel Advocate for the Government of India in High Court of Delhi and Supreme Court of India.
Designated as Senior Advocate by High Court of Delhi on January 18, 2003. In his private practice, handled various important cases including Dabhol Power Company, Hyderabad Nizam’s Jewellery Trust matter, Claridges Hotel dispute, Modi family as well as Gujarat Ambuja Cement’s sales tax and Fatehpur Sikri encroachment matter. Takes keen interest in extra judicial activities and has addressed and participated in various Seminars and Conferences of National and International repute.
Was appointed Additional Judge of High Court of Delhi on March 13, 2008 and as Permanent Judge on December 17, 2009.