Abhinav Garg & Smriti Singh
source Times Of India
NEW DELHI: While it has led on many fronts, the Delhi high court has lagged behind in having a woman at the helm. This, however, is going to change by next week when it gets its first woman chief justice.
President Pranab Mukherjee recently cleared the decks for appointment of Justice G Rohini, most senior judge of the Andhra Pradesh high court, to head the high court in the capital. She will be the 10th woman judge in the Delhi high court, which has nine women judges out of a strength of 40.
The Delhi high court had sent from its ranks the first woman to become the chief justice of a high court—Justice Leila Seth who headed the Himachal Pradesh high court. But a woman chief justice had eluded it till now. Aged 58, Justice Rohini is expected to stay for a period of four years.
Welcoming her appointment, Delhi High Court Bar Association has said the move will encourage women to take up law as a career and also give a boost to women lawyers.
Speaking to TOI, High Court Bar Association’s president Rajiv Khosla said the bar is very happy to get a woman chief justice.
“We feel elated. The bar will bring to her notice some of the long-pending problems that we hope she can resolve. For instance, appointment of arbitrators, court commissioner, receivers is an important issue for us. The bar stands for equal opportunity to practice and demands transparency in the judicial system. We are sure her presence in HC will help us,” Khosla said.
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