On Tuesday, the President of India appointed Justice Rajesh Bindal as the acting chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
The order issued by the Government of India’s Ministry of Law and Justice (Department of Justice) stated that Justice Rajesh Bindal, the senior-most Judge of Common High Court for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh, will perform the duties of the office of Chief Justice of that High Court with effect from 9 December 2020, tomorrow, consequent upon the retirement of Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice.
The notification dated 8 December issued pursuant to the retirement of Chief Justice Gita Mittal, who will demit the office today, reported LiveLaw. A Full Court Reference at the Jammu and Kashmir High Court took place today to bid farewell to the Chief Justice. “When God closes one door, he opens palace doors for you; I truly believe that. I’m sure another door will open for me tomorrow,” Justice Mittal said in her farewell speech.
As per the High Court website, Justice Bindal obtained his degree in law from the Kurukshetra University in 1985 and joined the profession in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He represented the Chandigarh Administration before Central Administrative Tribunal for more than a decade till 2004.