Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sanjay Kishan Kaul sworn-in as new Chief Justice of Madras HC

Sanjay Kishan Kaul sworn-in as Chief Justice of Madras HC

CHENNAI, July 26, 2014

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Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul. File photo: Akhilesh Kumar

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was on Saturday sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court. Earlier, he was the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The Governor, K. Rosaiah, administered the oath of office at a brief ceremony at the Durbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, her cabinet colleagues, Judges of the High Court, Advocate-General, A.L. Somayaji, Additional Advocates-General, and members of the Bar, were among those who attended the swearing-in.

Earlier, the Chief Secretary, Mohan Verghese Chunkath, read out the Presidential Notification on the appointment of the Chief Justice.

Mr. Justice Kaul (55) will be the 27 Chief Justice of the Madras High Court since Independence. At present, Justice Satish K. Agnihotri is the Acting Chief Justice of the High Court. Justice R.K. Agrawal was the last regular Chief Justice, who was later elevated to the Supreme Court.

The new Chief Justice was born on December 26, 1958. After schooling in Modern School, New Delhi, he graduated in Economics (Hons.) from St. Stephen's College. He obtained LL.B from the Campus Law Centre, Delhi University in 1982. He enrolled himself as an advocate in July 1982 and practised in the Delhi High Court. He was designated a Senior Advocate in December 1999. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Delhi High Court in May 2001 and made permanent in May 2003. He was elevated as the Acting Chief Justice in September 2012. He became Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on June 1 last year.


Also read the Profile of CJ of Madras HC 


Born on December 26, 1958. Studied in Modern School, New Delhi till 1976 and Graduated in Economics (Hons.) from St. Stephens College, Delhi University in 1979. Obtained LL.B. Degree from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University in 1982. Enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Delhi on July 15, 1982. Practised in Delhi High Court mainly in Commercial, Civil, Writ, Original and Companies jurisdictions of the High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court of India. 

The cases also involved appearances before MRTP Commission, Company Law Board, Debt Recovery Tribunal and Arbitrators apart from the other nature of litigation including Constitutional, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Customs and Excise, MRTP, Real Estate, Administrative, Co-operative, Commercial, Service, Telecommunication, Anti- Dumping Laws, etc. 

Remained Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India from 1987 to 1999 and designated as Senior Advocate in December, 1999. Appointed Senior Counsel for the Delhi High Court and for the Delhi University, Senior Panel of Union of India and Additional Senior Standing Counsel for DDA. Elevated as Additional Judge of the High Court of Delhi on May 03, 2001 and was appointed as a permanent Judge on May 02, 2003. Was Treasurer of Delhi High Court Bar Association from 1985 to 1988. Is President, INSOL India. Has been invitee to a number of national and international seminars and workshops as Chairman or Member of Sessions and presented a number of papers with articles published in various Journals. 

In the capacity as a Judge have sat over most jurisdictions and contributed to development of law through various pronouncements. Member of various prestigious institutions and clubs like India International Centre, India Habitat Centre, Indian Law Institute, Delhi Golf Club, Delhi Gymkhana Club, Roshanara Club, etc. The other interests apart from law extend to theatre, music, golf and reading including subjects unrelated to law. 

Elevated as the Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court w.e.f. 23.09.2012 to 25.09.2012. Elevated as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court w.e.f. 01.06.2013. Assumed charge as the Chief Justice, Madras High Court on 26.07.2014.


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