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3 HC judges administered oath of office in Jammu

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Jammu: Chief Justice Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal today administered oath of office to three newly appointed Judges of the common High Court for the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

Justices Vinod Chatterji Koul, Sanjay Dhar and Puneet Gupta were sworn in as permanent judges in a simple ceremony at Jammu wing of the high court.

All the three have served as district and sessions judge.

The sitting judges of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir joined the oath ceremony through video conference due to the coronavirus outbreak. The ceremony was live streamed on the internet through webcast.

Warrants of appointment of judges were read by Registrar General (Officiating) High Court of Jammu and Kashmir Jawad Ahmed.

With the appointment of these three judges, the strength of J&K High Court increased from nine to twelve. The J&K High Court has sanctioned strength of 17 Judges including 13 Permanent Judges and 4 Additional Judges.

Prior to their appointment as judges of the High Court, Justice Koul was posted as chairman, Sales Tax Tribunal, while Justice Dhar was registrar general of the J&K High Court and Justice Gupta was discharging his judicial duties as member, Special Tribunal, Jammu.

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