Justice Valmiki J Mehta
Justice Valmiki J MehtaBorn on 6th June, 1959 at Mumbai. Educated in Vishakhapatnam and Delhi. Finished schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Vishakhapatnam. Thereafter completed graduation in B.Com(H) from Sri Venkateshwara College, Delhi University & LL.B. from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University. Enrolled with Delhi Bar Council in 1982.
Started law practice in 1982. Practised in Delhi High Court, District Courts and various Tribunals in Civil Matters. Designated as a Senior Advocate on 22.9.2001 at the age of 42 years.
Assumed office as Additional Judge, Delhi High Court on 15th April, 2009 and as Permanent Judge on 12.04.2013. He expired on 01.03.2019.
Justice Sanjiv Khanna
Justice Sanjiv KhannaJustice Sanjiv Khanna was born on 14th May, 1960 and finished his schooling from Delhi in 1977. After graduating in the year 1980 from Delhi University, he studied law at Delhi University and was enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi in 1983. His practice of law included taxation, arbitration, commercial, environment & pollution and writ jurisdiction matters in the Delhi High Court. As an advocate, he had also handled several matters of medical negligence under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, and company law matters before the Company Law Board and the Delhi High Court. He had represented the Government of Delhi as an Additional Public Prosecutor in criminal law matters. He was a Senior Standing Counsel for the Income Tax Department for about seven years and in 2004 he was appointed as a Standing Counsel (civil) for the National Capital Territory of Delhi in the Delhi High Court. On 24th June 2005 he was elevated as an Additional Judge of the Delhi High Court and became a permanent judge on 20th February, 2006.
Elevated to the Supreme Court of India on 18.01.2019.
Justice Pratibha Rani
Justice Pratibha RaniBorn on 25th August, 1956. Graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University in 1975. Obtained LL.B. Degree from Law Faculty, University of Delhi in 1978. Joined Delhi Judicial Service in 1979. Worked as Metropolitan Magistrate, Civil Judge, Presiding Officer of the Labour Court before being promoted to Delhi Higher Judicial Service in July, 1996. Worked as Special Judge (NDPS), Additional District & Sessions Judge, Special Judge (CBI) and District Judge (West). Became District & Sessions Judge on 1st March, 2011. Elevated to the Bench of High Court of Delhi as an Additional Judge on 17th October, 2011.
Retired on 24.08.2018.
Justice P.S. Teji
Justice P.S. TejiJustice P.S. Teji born on 14th August 1956 in Punjab State, did graduation from Faridkot, Post Graduation from Punjab University, Chandigarh and LLB (First Division) from Punjab University, Chandigarh. In the year 1983, started career as Advocate in Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, represented Union of India in Civil, Criminal, Land Acquisition and Service Matter, represented Chandigarh Administration to conduct criminal cases, appointed as Assistant Advocate General, Punjab from February, 1991 to July, 1993 and conducted Constitutional Law, Civil, Criminal and Service Law matters.
In 1995, joined Delhi Higher Judicial Service. He presided over as Additional District Judge, Additional Sessions Judge, Special Judge (NDPS), Essential Commodity Act, CBI Trial, Presiding Officer Industrial Tribunal, cases investigated by DRI and Customs.
In May 2009, was appointed as District Judge-cum-Special Judge, PC Act (CBI), became District & Sessions Judge (East) and contributed substantially in various projects at Karkardooma Courts Complex including Construction and Distribution of 480 Lawyers Chambers, Construction and Function of 1st Paperless E-Court of India, Model Lock-up, First Child Witness Court of India and First Vulnerable Witness Examination Court till elevation to High Court as an Additional Judge with effect from 15th December, 2014.
Retired on 13.08.2018.
Justice Gita Mittal
Justice Gita MittalJustice Gita Mittal was born on 9th December, 1958 to parents who were in academics. An alumna of the Lady Irwin Higher Secondary School [Science batch of 1975], Lady Shri Ram College For Women [BA (Eco. Hons.) 1978] and the Campus Law Centre, Delhi University [(LL.B) 1981], she was appointed as an Additional Judge of Delhi High Court on 16th July, 2004.
Prior to her appointment as Additional Judge, she had an illustrious legal practice in all courts and other judicial forums since 1981. Justice Mittal was confirmed as a permanent judge on the 20th of February, 2006.
As a judge, she has presided over several jurisdictions including heading a Division Bench hearing criminal appeals involving life and death sentence references; matters of the Armed Forces; Cooperative Societies; Criminal Contempt References; Criminal Appeals; Death References; Company Appeals; Writ Petitions and Letters Patent Appeals relating to the Armed Forces. She currently presides over a Division Bench hearing writ petitions arising out of orders of the Central Administrative Tribunal and other service matters.
Since August, 2008, Justice Gita Mittal has been a member of the Governing Council of the National Law University, Delhi. She is also a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi since 2013 and has been nominated to its Administrative Committee.
Justice Mittal is presently chairing the court committees on the Delhi High Court’s Mediation and Conciliation Centre as well as the committee monitoring the Implementation of Judicial Guidelines for Dealing with Cases of Sexual Offences and Child Witnesses. She has spearheaded the Vulnerable Witness Court Project in the trial courts in Delhi leading to the first such court room in India being inaugurated on 16th September, 2012 and the second on 11th September, 2013.
She has also served on the COFEPOSA Advisory Board, under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange & Prevention of Smuggling Act, 1974; and the committee responsible for assessing the performance of judicial officers for their recommendation for elevation as Judge of the Delhi High Court. She was appointed as a single judge Tribunal under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 in February, 2008 to examine the Government ban on activities of the Students of Islamic Movement in India (SIMI).
Deeply engaged with the work of institutional strengthening, Justice Mittal has also served as a member of the Committee Against Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Place; Working Conditions and Welfare Committee For Judicial Officers/staff of High Court and District Courts; Committee to assess the performance of additional Judges of this Court while recommending their appointment as permanent Judges and to assess the judgments of additional Judges for the purpose of extension of their terms as additional Judges; Library Committee; Committee on Introduction of Evening Courts/Shift System in Subordinate Courts; and the Examination-cum-Judicial Education and Training Programme Committee.
She has been engaged in conducting programmes on several topics of social relevance including gender and disability sensitisation; environment; disaster management and constitutional rights of the marginalised.
Justice Mittal has been invited to contribute to national and international discussions at various forums and to present papers on topics including those relating to access to justice for the disadvantaged; gender issues; protection of human rights; impact of incarceration on women; corporate social responsibility; death penalty; impact of religion, culture, tradition on judging; corporate laws; procedure and intellectual property litigation and environmental laws and issues.
Her judicial pronouncements include judgements on compensation for riot victims; right to shelter of internally displaced persons; right to marriage of a lady member of the Armed Force; the appointment of a person suffering from ‘Disorder of Sexual Differentiation’ into the para-military force; principles which would govern DNA testing in paternity issues in the absence of statutory provisions; the conducting of trials in cases involving sexual offences and recording of statements of the victims and guidelines for the same; governance of sports and sports bodies; issues involving termination of service because of a pregnancy; right to workers in the labour force; trade-mark litigation; privacy laws; contours of the right to privacy of a public figure; revocation of passport – when permissible; constitutionality of enhancement of court fee; public interest, communication and commercial disputes of a wide nature.
Prior to her elevation, she was a member of the Delhi University Court from 3rd April, 1999 to 2nd April, 2004. She was nominated to the Governing Body of Ram Lal Anand College serving its member from 12th November, 1997 to 11th November, 1999.
While in school, she was awarded the President's Guide Certificate by the President of India in 1974. She has represented India & Bharat Scouts and Guides at an International Global Ecology Event (Earth 'n' Us) in the USA in 1974 and studied global ecology and its preservation, in the area of air, energy, ocean, land and human resources. In 1978, she was again invited and participated as a unit leader in an international performing arts event Melody 'n' Makebelieve in the USA and thereafter in 1979 in other capacities.
She has represented Delhi at the National level open championships and also captained Delhi Juniors in volleyball. She was the Sports President of the Lady Shri Ram College (1977-1978) and was the recipient of All Round Best Sports Person Award of the College in 1978.
She received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2008 from the Vice President of India, awarded by the Lady Shriram College for Women. The citation for the award reads that she is being recognized “for her landmark judgements which have ensured long-denied justice for the victimized; for the courage of her convictions and her indomitable spirit in turning challenges into opportunities; for her visionary tenacity in striving to uphold the basic right to human dignity.”
Appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court w.e.f. 14th April, 2017.
Elevated as the Chief Justice of High Court of Jammu & Kashmir w.e.f. 11th August,2018
Justice S.P. Garg
Justice S.P. GargBorn on 15th June, 1956 at Maur, Distt. Bathinda, Punjab. Did matriculation from S.S.D High School, Maur in first class. Did B.Com from Rajindera Government College, Bathinda, Punjab in the year 1976; stood First and won National Scholarship. Graduated in Law (LL.B.) from Panjab University, Chandigarh in the year 1979 and won Kartar Singh Chadha Gold Medal for standing first. Won various prizes in curricular and extracurricular events. Got Diploma in Gandhian Philosophy from Panjab University, Chandigarh and stood second. Did LL.M. from Kurukshetra University in 2001.
Enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana in 1979 and joined the chamber of esteemed uncle Sh.P.C.Aggarwal, Advocate, expert in Civil Law and, practiced in District Courts at Bathinda for about nine months.
Joined Delhi Judicial Service in the year 1980 securing first rank. Worked as Metropolitan Magistrate, Civil Judge, Rent Controller, and ACMM before being promoted to Delhi Higher Judicial Service in November, 1996. Presided over Special Court for trial of murder cases, Matrimonial Court, Special Judge (CBI), Special Judge (NIA). Got training as Mediator. Appointed DJ–IV-cum-Addl. Sessions Judge, Incharge, Distt. New Delhi, from May, 2008 to December, 2010. Appointed as Principal Secretary (Law, Justice & Legislative Affairs), Govt. of NCT of Delhi in December, 2010.
Elevated to the Bench of High Court of Delhi as an Additional Judge on 17.10.2011.
Retired on 14.06.2018.
Justice Deepa Sharma
Justice Deepa SharmaBorn on May 28th 1956, Ms. Deepa Sharma graduated from the Faculty of Law, Delhi University in 1978. She pursued law after completing her degree in Bachelor of Science. After having practiced law for nearly two years she qualified the DJS examination and joined the Delhi Judiciary as Civil Judge in September, 1980.
In her long and successful tenure at the Delhi Judicial and Higher Judicial Service, she has earned many laurels. Her most recent accomplishment is the setting up of Family Courts across different districts in Delhi. She was the First Principal Judge of the Family Courts and is responsible for creating the empathic culture and the streamlined processes, which is the pride of these Courts.
She has embraced new and alternate practices in law like mediation and is a certified practitioner and trainer of the same. She established the Mediation Centre at District Courts, Dwarka. She has also travelled extensively to impart training in mediation as an alternate method to dispute resolution to various groups of lawyers and judges across the country.
Before being elevated to the Delhi High Court, she headed the Dwarka Courts as the District & Sessions Judge. She has gained a wide experience due to the various positions she held during her tenure as a District Court Judge. Some of these positions are – Judge MACT, NDPS, Judge CBI, Sessions Judge for cases under ITP Act and others, Judge Labor Court, ACMM, Senior Civil Judge, RCT etc.
She has pursued academic interests and taken lectures on various aspects of Law at Delhi Judicial Academy and National Law University. Her other interests include poetry, music and gardening. She was elevated to the bench of High Court of Delhi as Additional Judge on 17th April, 2013.
Retired on 27.05.2018.
Justice Ashutosh Kumar
Justice Ashutosh KumarHon'ble Mr. Justice Ashutosh Kumar was born on 1st October, 1966. After his schooling from St. Michaels’ High School, Patna, he graduated from St. Stephens’ College, Delhi University. Justice Kumar did his LL.B. from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University. Enrolled as an advocate on 9th July, 1991, at Patna High Court. As an advocate Justice Kumar has appeared in important criminal matters including matters related to convicts on Death Row and in service matters as well. He was appointed an Additional Standing Counsel for the Central Government, on which post he remained for three years. Justice Kumar was also made Government Pleader for the State of Bihar. However, he continued on that post for a short period. He was elevated as an Additional Judge of Patna High Court on 15th May, 2014. He was transferred to Delhi High Court where he took oath of office on 7th of January, 2015. He was administered oath of the office as a confirmed Judge of the Patna High Court on 21.04.2016. Transferred to Patna High Court on 21.11.2017.
Justice Indermeet Kaur
Justice Indermeet KaurJustice Indermeet Kaur Kochhar, born on March 22, 1956. Was a student of Mater Dei Convent School, New Delhi. Graduated with Psychology (Hons.) with Scholarship from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Obtained degree of Law (LLB) from Campus Law Centre, followed by a Masters’ in Law (LLM) with a Gold Medal from the same university. Enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Delhi in 1984. Practised Company Law, other branches of Civil Law. Selected as a member of Delhi Higher Judicial Service in the year 1995. Worked as Special Judge NDPS, Special Judge Matrimonial Cases, Special Judge CBI. Elevated to the bench of High Court of Delhi as an Additional Judge on May 14, 2009.
Retired on 21.03.2018.