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Justice Ritu Bahri Becomes First Woman Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court

Team SoOLEGAL 5 Feb 2024 4:11pm

Justice Ritu Bahri Becomes First Woman Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court

New Delhi- Justice Ritu Bahri was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court on Sunday by Governor Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh (retd.) at a ceremony carried out at Raj Bhawan.

Senior government officials, including Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, attended the swearing-in ceremony.

On February 2, the Centre announced the appointment of Justice Ritu Bahri as the new Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court. Justice Bahri replaces former Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi, who retired on October 26 last year. After his retirement, senior high court judge Manoj Kumar Tiwari was made the acting chief justice.

According to a notification issued on February 2 by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, Department of Justice, "In exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Kumari Justice Ritu Bahri, Judge of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, to be Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court, with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office."

Justice Bahri was appointed as acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in October last year. On November 2, 2023, the Supreme Court collegium recommended her appointment as Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court.

Justice Bahri was born in Jalandhar in 1962, did her schooling in Chandigarh, and obtained a law degree from Punjab University in 1985. In 1986, she began practicing law in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and served in the Haryana advocate general office.

Justice Bahri was appointed as a judge on August 16, 2010, and was previously the first woman to serve as acting chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, taking charge on October 14, 2023. Notably, her father, Justice Amrit Lal Bahri, was a judge in the same high court.



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