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JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Monday administered the Oath of Office to Justice Pankaj Mithal as the new Chief Justice of the Common High Court for the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh at a swearing-in ceremony here at Convention Centre.The Lt Governor congratulated Justice Pankaj Mithal for his new appointment.The Registrar General of the High Court read out the warrant of appointment. Proceedings of the Oath Ceremony were conducted by Sh. Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor.Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal has been appointed to head the High Court for Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh in view of the retirement of Chief Justice Gita Mittal recently.Former Chief Justice, J&K, Justice Gita Mittal; Judges of the High Court, J&K; Judges from Allahabad High Court; Members of Parliament; Advisors to the Lt Governor; Chief Secretary; Administrative Secretaries; Senior officers of Judiciary; Civil Administration; Police; family members and friends of Justice Pankaj Mithal were also present on the occasion.Justice Pankaj Mithal has remained first puisne Judge of Allahabad High Court and headed the Lucknow Bench. He had been elevated as Additional Judge to High Court in July 7, 2006 and took oath as permanent Judge on July 2, 2008. Prior to this, he had worked as Standing Counsel, U.P Avas Evam Vikas Parishad, Lucknow since 1990 and as Standing Counsel of Dr B R Ambedkar University, Agra. He was enrolled as an advocate in Bar Council of UP in 1985 and subsequently started his practice. Justice Mithal graduated in Commerce from Allahabad University in 1982 and passed LLB from Meerut College, affiliated to Ch. Charan Singh University in year 1985.
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