Full court address in honour of new Himachal Chief Justice

Legal Correspondent

Shimla, October 19

A full court address was held in the High Court today to welcome the 26th Chief Justice, Justice Mohammad Rafiq. He was sworn-in on October 14.

Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq said he was feeling happy on assuming the charge. He stressed on speedy and cost-effective justice, especially to the poor and the needy. He also called upon the state and district legal services authorities to identify all such litigants who deserve to be provided free legal aid.

He also talked about on strengthening and streamlining the judiciary. The Chief Justice said all efforts should be made to preserve its integrity and fairness. He said the priority should be given to dispose of all cases which were more than five-year old.

Justice Sabina said Justice Rafiq was considerate towards all sections of society and his concern for the marginalised and underprivileged was recognised facet of his personality. She said Justice Rafiq had always taken a keen interest in developing judicial infrastructure.

Advocate General Ashok Sharma, Chairman of the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh Ajay Kochhar, president of the HP High Court Bar Association Lovneesh Kanwar and Assistant Solicitor General of India Balram Sharma also spoke.

Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, Justice Sureshwar Thakur, Justice Vivek Singh Thakur, Justice Ajay Mohan Goel, Justice Sandeep Sharma, Justice Chander Bhusan Barowalia, Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua and Justice Satyen Vaidya were present. Apart from them, former judges and members of the Bar also attended the address.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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