Justice Rekha Sharma
Justice Rekha SharmaBorn on 31st July, 1949. Passed out from St.Thomas Higher Secondary School, New Delhi and thereafter did graduation from Delhi University as a student of Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi. Studied law at Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Delhi and was enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Delhi in 1972.
Practised mainly in Delhi High Court on Constitutional, Civil and Criminal matters. Appointed as Central Government counsel for Delhi High Court from 1977 and continued as such till 1988. Selected as an Additional District Judge from the Bar by Delhi High Court in January, 1988. Appointed as District & Sessions Judge w.e.f. 01.10.2004 till 23.02.2005.
Elevated as Additional Judge of Delhi High Court on 23.02.2005 and became a Permanent Judge on 22.02.2006. Retired on 30.07.2011
Justice Mool Chand Garg
Justice Mool Chand GargBorn on 10th June, 1954. Did B.Com (Hons.) and LL.B. from Delhi University and a Diploma in Cyber Laws. Enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi on 29.9.1978 and practiced in the Delhi High Court and Subordinate Courts on the Civil, Criminal, Constitutional & Labour sides, to mention a few. Has attained specialization in the field of Civil as well as Criminal Law. Was taken on the panel of Advocates of the Government of NCT of Delhi in the year 1985 to represent GNCTD in Delhi High Court and Central Administrative Tribunal and continued to work as such until his appointment to the Delhi Higher Judicial Service as an Additional District Judge in 1995.
During the said assignment, worked as Matrimonial Judge, Additional Sessions Judge, Industrial Tribunal, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal and also as Additional Rent Controller in Karkardooma Courts as well as in Tis Hazari Courts. Also appointed as Legal Adviser, NDMC (on deputation) from 2001 to 2003. Subsequently worked as Additional District Judge, Additional Rent Control Tribunal and Special Judge, CBI besides Judge-in-Charge, Mediation Centre at Tis Hazari Courts.
Even on Administrative side, contributed a lot as Chairman of Building Maintenance Committee, Tis Hazari Courts, Chairman of Purchase Committee, Chairman of various Rule Making Committees and other work assigned by the District Judge. Elevated to the Bench of Delhi High Court as an Additional Judge on 11.4.2008.
Holds memberships of prestigious institutions and clubs like India International Centre, Delhi Gymkhana Club Ltd., INSOL India, India Habitat Centre and Rotary Club. Has been invited by various organizations like Indian Federation of United Nations Associations - New Delhi, National Judicial Academy - Bhopal, Delhi Judicial Academy, Bhartiya Vit Salahakar Parishad – New Delhi, The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, etc. for giving lectures on vital issues. Has also been invited to Judge the moot court competitions and to give lectures in various law colleges in Delhi such as Amity Law School, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Vivekananda Law College, Delhi. Has been the Guest of Honour in the Annual Function of Law Centre II, Delhi University for the year 2009.
Authored articles on various subjects like
(i) “Scope of Section 9, Code of Civil Procedure” – published in DJA Journal Volume 2 Issue III 2003.
(ii) “Advent of Information Technology and Law Relating thereto” – published in DJA Journal Volume 2 Issue IV 2003.
(iii) “Motor Vehicle Act 1988 – Social Security Legislation” – published in DJA Journal Volume 3 Issue I 2004.
(iv) “Early Disposal of Bail Applications – A Constitutional Obligation” - published in DJA Journal Volume 4 Issue IV December 2005.
(v) “Interpretation of Statutes” - published in DJA Journal.
(vi) “Sustainable Development and Law” published in “Sustainable Development – an Interdisciplinary Perspective”.
Transferred to Madhya Pradesh High Court w.e.f. 17.04.2011.
Justice S. L. Bhayana
Justice S. L. BhayanaJustice S.L. Bhayana, B.A. LL.B - Born on 15th April, 1949. Enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of India in the year 1973. Practiced as an Advocate in the District Courts and High Court of Delhi and dealt with Civil, Criminal, Arbitration, Matrimonial and Accident Claim matters till August, 1989 when he joined Delhi Higher Judicial Service.
After joining, the Delhi Higher Judicial Service held various responsible positions such as Judge-Incharge, Patialia House Courts, Presiding Officer, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal. He was appointed as Special Judge (Murder Court) on the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the year 1994, where he successfully decided about 120 murder cases in one year.
Appointed as Additional Judge, Delhi High Court on 28th February, 2006.
Retired on 14.04.2011.
Justice S N Dhingra
Justice S N DhingraBorn on March 2, 1949 at Delhi. Did Higher Secondary from Delhi, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Pusa Polytechnic, New Delhi and B.Sc. from Delhi University. Did LL.B. from Delhi University, Law Centre-II, LL.M. from Delhi University Law Centre-I and Company Secretary from Institute of Company Secretaries. Joined as an Advocate in February, 1976. Practiced in lower Courts and Delhi High Court in Company Matters, Criminal Matters, Labour And Civil Matters. Edited Matrimonial Law Reporter from 1977 to 1987. Became Advocate on record in 1984. Worked as part time Lecturer in Law Centre II, Delhi University from 1985 to 1987. Joined as Additional District & Sessions Judge on January 6, 1988. Worked in Matrimonial Court, Designated TADA Court, Special 1984 Riots Court, Appellate Court of MCD, Rent Control Tribunal and Special Court under POTA. Worked as District & Sessions Judge, Delhi from February 24, 2005 to February 27, 2006. Elevated to the Bench of Delhi High Court on 28th February, 2006.
Justice Vidya Bhushan Gupta
Justice Vidya Bhushan GuptaJustice Vidya Bhushan Gupta, B.A. LL.B. was born on November 25th, 1948. After completing his schooling, he pursued Four year’s specialized Diploma Course in Hotel Management from Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, Delhi. After working for few months in leading hotels of India, he left this profession. He completed his graduation from Delhi University and later on obtained LL.B. Degree from Delhi University in 1972 and was enrolled as an Advocate on 09.10.1972.
After practicing at Bar in Delhi for few months, he qualified for Delhi Judicial Service and was appointed as Sub-Judge on 01.02.1973. After a tenure of five years as Sub-Judge, was appointed as Metropolitan Magistrate dealing with Economic Offence Cases pertaining to Essential Commodities Act, Income-tax Act and Prevention of Food Adulteration Act. Thereafter, he worked as Addl. Rent Controller and Presiding Officer, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT).
In 1991, he was promoted to Delhi Higher Judicial Service and was posted as Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, dealing with Economic Offence Cases under the Companies Act and Income-tax Act.
In 1992, was appointed as Special Judge, CBI and remained as Special Judge for about eight years. During this period, he dealt with corruption cases against public servants.
In 1996, while working as Special Judge (CBI) was appointed by name by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India to deal with “Jain Hawala” cases, exclusively. Later on, worked as Matrimonial Judge for a period of one and a half year, simultaneously, holding the additional charge of Director, Judicial Officers’ Training Programme.
Justice Aruna Suresh
Justice Aruna SureshMs.Justice Aruna Suresh - Born on 19.02.1950. Passed out Higher Secondary from Queens Marry School in 1966, did graduation from Inderprastha College for Women, Delhi University in 1969. Obtained LL.B. Degree from Law Faculty, Campus Law Centre (Main) Delhi University in 1972. Joined Delhi Judicial Service on 01.02.1973 after successfully qualifying competitive examination.
Worked as Subordinate Civil Judge, Metropolitan Magistrate, Additional Rent Controller, Commercial Civil Judge, Judge Small Cause Court, Additional Sr. Sub Judge, Guardian Judge, Insolvency Judge, till May, 1991. From July 1987 to May 1991 worked as Secretary, Legal Aid, District Courts .
Promoted to Delhi Higher Judicial Service on 30th May,1991 as Addl. Distt. & Sessions Judge, worked as Matrimonial Judge, Special Judge Narcotics Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act, Mahila Adalat (Sessions), as Additional District Judge dealt with civil cases on original side as well as of Appellate jurisdiction of all nature, as Special Judge CBI dealt with cases under Prevention of Corruption Act and other cases of Sessions Trial and also exercised appellate and revisional jurisdiction.
Appointed as Judge In-charge, Rohini Courts, Delhi on 27.2.2006, took over charge as District & Sessions Judge Delhi on 05.04.2006.
Elevated as Additional Judge of High Court of Delhi on 04.07.2006 and confirmed w.e.f. 11.2.2008.
Transferred to Orissa High Court w.e.f. 28.10.2010.
Justice S.N. Aggarwal
Justice S.N. AggarwalBorn in Delhi on 25.08.1950. Did B.Sc and Master of Laws, both from Delhi University. Had the distinction of getting several gold medals and silver medals, both during the L.L.B and L.L.M. studies. Enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Delhi on 25.10.1980. Practised civil and criminal law, both original and appellate side in District Courts, Delhi High Court and Supreme Court. Became Advocate on record in Supreme Court in 1984 and had the distinction of attaining first position in Advocate-on-record examination. Joined Faculty of Law, Delhi University as part time Lecturer-in-Law in 1986 and continued teaching there till appointment as Additional District & Sessions Judge, Delhi on 30.11.1991. Handled several important matters of public importance and exercised different jurisdictions as Member of Delhi Higher Judicial Service. Went on deputation as Presiding Officer of Debt Recovery Tribunal, Delhi on 20.12.2000. Was appointed as Chairman of an All India Working Group for suggesting amendments in Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institution Act, 1993.
Worked as Registrar General of High Court of Delhi from 14.10.2005 till 27.02.2006.
Elevated to the Bench of High Court of Delhi as Additional Judge on 28.02.2006 and was confirmed on 25.04.2007.
Transferred to Madhya Pradesh High Court w.e.f. 28.10.2010.
Justice Madan B. Lokur
Justice Madan B. LokurLokur, Madan Bhimarao, B.A. (Hist. Hons.), LL.B. - Born on 31st December, 1953. Studied in Modern School, New Delhi till 1968 and passed ISCE examination in 1970-71 from St.Josephs Collegiate, Allahabad. Graduated in History (Hons.) from St.Stephen's College, Delhi University in 1974. Obtained LL.B. degree from Law Faculty, Delhi University in 1977. Enrolled as an Advocate on 28th July, 1977. Practiced in the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court. Qualified the examination and enrolled as an Advocate-on-Record in the Supreme Court in 1981. Has vast experience in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Revenue and Service laws. Was appointed as Junior Standing Counsel for the Income-tax Department in 1981. Was appointed as the Editor, ILR (Delhi Series) in February, 1983 and continued as such till elevation. Was Central Government Standing Counsel from December, 1990 to December, 1996 during which period had handled all kinds of cases on behalf of the Central Government including criminal trials in respect of economic offences. Was designated as Senior Advocate in February, 1997. Was appointed as Additional Solicitor General of India on 14th July, 1998 and continued as such till appointed as an Additional Judge of Delhi High Court on 19th February, 1999 and Permanent Judge of that High Court on 5th July, 1999. Due to retire on 31st December, 2015.
Elevated as the Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court w.e.f. 13-02-2010 to 21-05-2010.
Elevated as the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court w.e.f. 24-06-2010.
Justice Ajit Prakash Shah
Justice Ajit Prakash ShahBorn on 13th February, 1948 at Solapur – comes from a family of lawyers – his grand father, father and uncles were in the legal profession. Later on his father became Judge of Bombay High Court and upon retirement served as Lokayukta in the State of Maharashtra.
Justice Shah did his graduation from Solapur and degree of law from Government Law College, Mumbai. After a short span of practice in the District Court at Solapur he shifted to Bombay High Court in 1977 and joined the chambers of the then leading Advocate Justice Shri S.C. Pratap. He then gained experience in civil, constitutional, service and labour matters. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of Bombay High Court on 18th December, 1992 and became permanent Judge of Bombay High Court on 8th April, 1994. He assumed charge of the office of Chief Justice, Madras High Court, on 12th November, 2005 and on transfer took over as Chief Justice, Delhi High Court on 11th May, 2008. Retired on 12-02-2010.
Important judgments on various significant issues
1. Freedom of Speech and Expression: – In Anand Patwardhan v. Union of India, 1997 (1) BCR 90, and Anand Patwardhan v. Union of India, 1997 (3) BCR 438 – Quashed the orders of the Government not to telecast the President’s Award winning documentaries “In Memory of Friends” (based on terrorism and violence in Punjab) and ‘Ram Ke Naam’ (based on Ayodhya issue) and directed Doordarshan to telecast the said Documentaries – also stuck down the decision of Censor authorities not to release documentary “Aakrosh” on recent Gujarat communal riots and directed grant of certificate.
2. Environment and Ecological matters: - Issued directions for beautification and maintenance of Girgaon Chowpaty and Juhu Beach – Interpreted Maharashtra Forest (Acquisition) Act highlighting the restrictions and dereservation of forest and use of forest land for non forest use – issued directions to save Hill Stations like Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani.
3. Protection of disabled person: - Restrained the Central and Western Railways, Railway police and Municipal Corporation from taking any action against the blind vendors/hawkers and directed them to frame a scheme for earning of their livelihood – protected the rights of students suffering from Displexia – issued directions to ensure implementation of reservation policy for disabled in the State Government and State Corporations as well as Local Bodies – Recently delivered a judgment where a staff nurse who was made to retire on the ground of mental illness i.e., Schizophrenia was held entitled to full benefit of Section 47 and salary till retirement - Adopted a proactive attitude towards the rights of the disabled persons, ordered Railways and Metropolitan Transport Corporation, Chennai to ensure barrier free environment in their premises, also directed the MTC to make their buses disabled friendly- initiated steps to make the Chennai High Court disabled friendly.
4. Law relating to women: - Recognized the right of muslim women to receive maintenance under Sections 125 and 127 beyond iddat period and recognized the right of second wife to receive maintenance under Hindu Marriage Act. Both the judgments have been affirmed by the Supreme Court – in Yashaswinee Merchant and others v. Air India, held that the circular issued by Air India directing grounding of air hostesses at the age of 58 years is bad in law. The judgment was reversed by the Supreme Court, but later on Government accepted the High Court's judgment and allowed the Air Hostesses to fly till the age of retirement.
5. PIL: - issued various directions for reforms of prisons and particularly in the context of women prisoners and their children – took note of newspaper report of death of children due to malnutrition belonging to tribal areas and directed various measures to save the lives of children – in B. G. Deshmukh and others v. State of Maharashtra held that no political party had any legal right to call for Bombay Bandh and such bandh caused encroachment upon the fundamental rights of citizen and political parties cannot hold the public members at ransom by calling such bandh. The political party was directed to deposit Rs.20,00,000/- towards fine/token compensation – issued directions for proper rehabilitation of nearly 2000 families displaced by Tarapur project – laid down an elaborate scheme for improvement of institutions wherein women and children are housed and for constitution of juvenile Boards – recognized rights of AIDS patients in employment – acted strictly against unscrupulous builders involved in unauthorised constructions while showing a humane approach towards residential buildings – initiated action to improve the conditions of inmates of prisons, juvenile homes and vigilance homes.
6. Other laws: - Delivered several important judgments pertaining to Admiralty Act, Trade Mark and Patent Act, Service and Labour laws.
7. He gave impetus to mediation movement in Maharashtra – recognized movement of Lok Adalat and also started Pension Lok Adalats – took keen interest in legal literacy mission – prepared panel of Arbitrators including retired High Court Judges, retired District Judges and senior members of the Bar who agreed to work on nominal fees and sometimes without charging any fee.
8. He took leading role in organizing the programmes, relating to sensitization of Judicial Officers, Judges, Family Court Judges etc., regarding Gender Justice – took initiative in starting ADR certificate course in collaboration with Mumbai University, - organized various training programmes for imparting training to Judicial Officers on the subject of Juvenile Justice with the help of TISS and UNICEF.
9. Taking note of the environmental issues, directed the bleaching and dyeing units in Tamil Nadu to pay for every litre of untreated effluents let out by them.
10. Directed various steps for computerisation and networking of all courts in Tamil Nadu, including introduction of touch-screen kiosks, digital boards etc.