Himachal

PUNJAB AND HARYANA HIGHCOURT JUSTICE SURYA KANT SWORN IN AS CHIEF JUSTICE OF HIMACHAL HIGHCOURT

October 05, 2018 09:55 PM

SHIMLA (VIJYENDER SHARMA)

Justice Surya Kant on Friday sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. He was administered oath of office by Governor Acharya Devvrat in a simple but impressive ceremony held at Raj Bhawan. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present on the occasion.  

The ceremony took place at the Darbar Hall where Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal read out the Warrant of Appointment issued by the President of India.

Speaker, HP Vidhan Sabha Dr. Rajiv Bindal, Ministers, Education Minister of Haryana Ram Bilas Sharma, leader of Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri and wife of Justice Surya Kant, Judges of HP High Court, retired Judges were also present on this occasion.

Justice Surya Kant was born on February 10, 1962 in a middle class family of district Hisar in Haryana. He did graduation in 1981 from the government post graduate college, Hisar and earned Bachelor’s degree in Law in 1984 from Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak. He started practicising Law at the District Courts, Hisar in 1984 and shifted to Chandigarh in 1985 to practice at the Punjab and Haryana High Courts. He specialized in Constitutional, Service and Civil matters. He represented a number of Universities, Boards, Corporations, Banks and the High Court before earning the distinction of being appointed the youngest Advocate General of Haryana on July 7, 2000.

He was designated as Senior Advocate in March, 2001. He held the office of Advocate General, Haryana till his elevation as a permanent Judge to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on January 09, 2004. He was nominated as a Member of the National Legal Services Authority on February 23, 2007 for two consecutive terms. Justice Surya Kant earned another distinction of standing First Class First in his Master's degree in Law in 2011 from the Directorate of Distance Education, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.

He remained a keen debater since his student days and he is a passionate environmentalist associated with various national and international NGOs and Law Associations. He has also attended various national and international conferences.  

FULL COURT WELCOME ADDRESS HELD TO WELCOME CHIEF JUSTICE SURYA KANT

A Full Court welcome address was held in the High Court today to welcome Justice Surya Kant, after he assumed the charge of the office of the Chief Justice of High Court of Himachal Pradesh.

Registrar General Rajeev Bhardwaj conducted the proceedings. Judges of H.P. High Court Justice Sanjay Karol, Justice D.C. Chaudhary, Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, Justice Sureshwar Thakur, Justice Vivek Singh Thakur, Justice Ajay Mohan Goel, Justice Sandeep Sharma and Justice Chander Bhusan Barowalia were present on this occasion.

Justice Surya Kant said that in today's scenario, the biggest challenge before the Judiciary was to provide speedy and effective justice. There should be timeline, in which every case should be decided and all stakeholders should work in furtherance of cause, so as to reach that destination. Emphasizing on providing justice to the poor and needy, he said that the existence of the Bar and Bench would be meaningful only when they were able to wipe out the tears of poor person.He said that despite Himachal being a small State, we should strive hard and concentrate on the quality of justice. 



Speaking on the occasion, Justice Surya Kant said that in today's scenario, the biggest challenge before the Judiciary was to provide speedy and effective justice. There should be timeline, in which every case should be decided and all stakeholders should work in furtherance of cause, so as to reach that destination. Emphasizing on providing justice to the poor and needy, he said that the existence of the Bar and Bench would be meaningful only when they were able to wipe out the tears of poor person.He said that despite Himachal being a small State, we should strive hard and concentrate on the quality of justice. On the reference of his being termed as the “Dravid” of his team, by the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, he said that he would rather like to go as opener daily and come out in the evening as “unhurt” and “not out”. He thanked the fellow Judges and Bar for extending a warm welcome to him.

Justice Sanjay Karol welcomed Justice Surya Kant on assumption of charge of the Chief Justice and said that Justice Surya Kant was a warm, affectionate and simple person and he and the High Court of H.P. was feeling privileged and honoured to have such a brilliant Chief Justice and compassionate environmentalist. He said that his unparalleled contribution in the field of dispensation of justice, ultimately led to his elevation at a relatively young age, as a Judge of High Court of Punjab and Haryana and his contribution in every sphere had been immense and the judgments rendered on various aspects, including constitutional issues were well known.
He also said that even outside the Court, services rendered for achieving the moto “access to justice for all” that of the Legal Services Authority, had been unparalleled.

Advocate General Ashok Sharma, Chairman of the Bar Council Rama Kant Sharma, President of H.P. High Court Bar Association Rajeev Jiwan and Additional Solicitor General of India Rajesh Sharma also spoke on the occasion and extended warm and cordial welcome to Justice Surya Kant.

Former Judges of High Court of H.P, Justice (Retd.) V.P. Bhatnagar, Justice (Retd.) A.K.Goel, Justice (Retd.) Kuldip Singh Kanwar, Justice V.K. Sharma, Chairman, H.P. Administrative Tribunal, Justice P.S. Rana, President, H.P. State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, former Judges of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Registrars of H.P. High Court, large number of dignitaries from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Bar and Staff members among others were also present on the occasion.The Guard of Honour was also presented to the Chief Justice in the High Court premises before the Full Court Welcome Address.

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