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JAMMU: President of India on Tuesday appointed Justice Rajesh Bindal, senior-most Judge of Jammu & Kashmir High Court as an Acting Chief Justice of that High Court. The notification dated December 8 has been issued pursuant to the retirement of Chief Justice Gita Mittal.Justice Rajesh Bindal was born on 16th April, 1961 in Ambala City of Haryana (India). He did LL.B. from Kurukshetra University in 1985 and joined profession in High Court of Punjab & Haryana in September 1985. He represented Chandigarh Administration before Central Administrative Tribunal for more than a decade till 2004. He represented Punjab & Haryana regions of Employees Provident Fund Organisation before the High Court and Central Administrative Tribunal from 1992 till his elevation. He remained associated, on behalf of State of Haryana, in settlement of the dispute concerning Satluj Yamuna Water with State of Punjab before Eradi Tribunal and the Supreme Court. He represented Income-tax Department, Haryana region before the High Court. He was elevated as a Judge of High Court of Punjab & Haryana on March 22, 2006. He remained Chairman of Committee constituted pursuant to Resolution No. 7 adopted in Chief Justices’ Conference, 2016 for framing Draft Rules for Electronic Evidence and submitted his report to the Supreme Court in November 2018. Being Chairman of a multi-member Committee constituted by Ministry of Women and Child Development to study Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction Bill, 2016, he submitted report accompanied by recommendations and draft of the Protection of Children (Inter-Country Removal and Retention) Bill, 2018 to the Ministry in April 2018. (https://wcd.nic.in/) During his tenure in Punjab and Haryana High Court, he disposed of around 80,000 cases. Before his transfer to High Court of Jammu & Kashmir, he was heading various Committees including Computer Committee, Arrears Committee. On transfer to High Court of Jammu & Kashmir, he took oath of office on 19th November, 2018. Presently, he is Chairman of the Finance Committee, Building and Infrastructure Committee, Information Technology Committee, State Court Management Systems Committee, in the High Court and also Chairman of J&K State Legal Service Authority. He is also Chairman of the Committee constituted for conducting assessment for optimal use of technology by NALSA and the State Legal Services Authorities including use of Artificial Intelligence. He is also Member of the Committee constituted to go into existing framework of Lok Adalats and Mediation besides suggesting ways for enhancing operational efficiency and plugging gaps, if any, or better application of these ADR mechanisms for weaker sections of the society.
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