Justice Pankaj Mithal appointed as Chief Justice of J&K, Ladakh High Court
Srinagar: The Allahabad High Court judge Justice Pankaj Mithal was on Thursday appointed as the Chief Justice of the Common High Court for the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
“In exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Justice Pankaj Mithal, Judge of the Allahabad High Court, to be the Chief Justice of Common High Court for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office,” reads an order, issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court Collegium had recommended elevation of five judges as Chief Justices of different High Courts. The Collegium had okayed the proposal to elevate Allahabad HC judge Pankaj Mithal as Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the acting Chief Justice of J&K High Court Rajesh Bindal was on Thursday transferred to Calcutta High Court.
“In exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 222 of the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, is pleased to transfer Shri Justice Rajesh Bindal, Judge, Common High Court for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh, as a Judge of the Calcutta High Court,” reads an order by Ministry of Law and Justice.