02 Dec 2009
Seniormost judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, has taken over as the new Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Margaret Alva. Khehar has to his credit many landmark judgments including the recent one that set benchmarks for followers of the Sikh religion.
As a judge, he imposed the highest-ever cost of Rs 20 lakhs on a frivolous litigant, a private medical college, in the history of Punjab and Haryana High Court. The cost was imposed as the college management was found to be misusing the legal process for extraneous circumstances. He also headed the committee constituted by the then Chief Justice to look into the Punjab Public Service Commission scam.
Khehar hit headlines when he opposed the then High Court Chief Justice Vijender Kumar Jain’s choice of a controversial lawyer for Judgeship.
News Source: IndianExpress