The President of India on Tuesday appointed Justice Rajesh Bindal as the acting Chief Justice of the Common High Court for the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Bindal will replace the outgoing Chief Justice Gita Mittal who retired from the position on Tuesday.
The notification announcing the decision was issued by the Government of India’s Ministry of Law and Justice (Department of Justice) and signed by Rajinder Kashyap, Joint Secretary to the Government of India.
“In exercise of the power conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Justice Rajesh Bindal, senior-most Judge of
Common High Court for the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and Union Territory of
Ladakh, to perform the duties of the office of Chief Justice of that High Court with effect
from 09th December 2020 consequent upon the retirement of Kumari Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice, Common High Court for the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh,” the order reads.
Born on April 16, 1961, at Ambala in Haryana, Justice Rajesh Bindal did his LLB from Kurukshetra University in 1985 and joined High Court of Punjab & Haryana in September 1985.
He serviced in various positions and heading various committees before his transfer to High Court Jammu and Kashmir, where he took oath on November 19, 2018.
Presently, he is Chairman of the Finance Committee, Building and Infrastructure Committee, Information Technology Committee, State Court Management Systems Committee, in the High Court and also Chairman of J&K State Legal Service Authority.
He is also the Chairman of the Committee constituted for conducting assessment for optimal use of technology by NALSA and the State Legal Services Authorities including use of Artificial Intelligence.
He is also Member of the Committee constituted to go into the existing framework of Lok Adalats and Mediation and to suggest ways for enhancing operational efficiency and plugging gaps, if any, or better application of these ADR mechanisms for weaker sections of the society.