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Justice Mohammad Rafiq sworn in as Chief Justice of Himachal High Court

Justice Mohammad Rafiq being sworn in as the Chief Justice of Himachal High Court in Shimla on October 14, 2021. Photo: DPR/Himachal

Shimla, Oct 14 (MNN) Justice Mohammad Rafiq was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court here on Thursday.

He was administered the oath of office by Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar at a ceremony at the Raj Bhawan.

Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh conducted the proceedings and read out the notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice regarding transfer of Justice Mohammad Rafiq as Chief Justice of the High Court.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his wife Dr Sadhna Thakur were also present on the occasion.

Justice Rafiq was born on May 25, 1960 at Sujangarh in Churu district of Rajasthan.

He did BCom, LL.B and MCom from University of Rajasthan before enrollment with the Bar Council of Rajasthan on July 8, 1984. He practised exclusively in the Rajasthan High Court at Jaipur in almost all branches of law and especially conducted constitutional matters, service matters, land acquisition cases, land revenue cases, preventive detention cases, customs and excise matters, railway claims cases, tax matters, company matters and criminal matters before the High Court.

Justice Rafiq was appointed Additional Advocate General of Rajasthan on January 7, 1999 and worked as such till he was appointed as Judge of the Rajasthan High Court on May 15, 2006.

He was the Chief Justice of Meghalaya HC from November 13, 2019 to April 26, 2020, Chief Justice of Orissa High Court from April 27, 2020 till he took over as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh HC on January 3, 2021.

Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Himachal High Court Judges, Justice Vijay Kumar Shukla from Madhya Pradesh High Court, ARTREC GoC-in-C Lt General Raj Shukla, Advocate General Ashok Sharma, DGP Sanjay Kundu, Mayor Satya Kaundal, and family members of the new Chief Justice were among those present on the occasion.

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