Srinagar: After a gap of seven years, the President of India on Tuesday ordered appointment of a Kashmiri Muslim lawyer, Javed Iqbal Wani, as judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
The notification in this regard was issued by union ministry of Law and Justice today, reported a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO). It is after a gap of seven years that a Kashmiri Muslim has been appointed as judge of J-K High Court.
Before this appointment, Justice Ali Muhammad Magray, was the last Kashmiri Muslim appointed as judge of the High Court in 2013.
Mr. Wani, born on 24 March 1964, was the first Gold Medalist in Law from Kashmir University in the year 1989-90. He started practice in the year 1990. He has appeared in in various high profile cases including Pathribal fake encounter case from the army’s side.
Mr. Wani is also the son-in-law of jailed Bar Association President Mian Qayoom.
The other Judges of the High Court are Justice Rajesh Bindal, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Justice Tashi Rabstan, Justice Sanjeev Kumar Shukla, Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta and Justice Sindhu Sharma.