Justice Ravi Shankar Jha today took over as the 35th Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He was administered oath by Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore at Raj Bhavan this afternoon.
At a simple but impressive ceremony attended by sitting and retired judges of high court, bureaucrats, relatives and advocates, the Chief Justice swore to “bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established”.
Justice Jha replaces Chief Justice Krishna Murari, who was elevated as Judge of the apex court last month. Justice Rajiv Sharma was functioning as Acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court in the interregnum. The swearing-in, attended by Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh, was conducted by Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh. Besides an array of distinguished Judges, Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana KP Singh, Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta, media adviser to Punjab CM Raveen Thukral, Advocate-General Atul Nanda and Chief Information Commissioner Suresh Arora were present. UT DGP Sanjay Beniwal and UT Deputy Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar were present too.
Born on October 14,1961, Chief Justice Jha was enrolled as advocate on September 20, 1986. He practised on civil, revenue constitutional sides in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur before his elevation.
He was appointed as permanent Judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh on February 2, 2007.