Administered oath as the Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Shiavax Jal Vazifdar made it clear that he would be taking all the judges along in the decision making process—- a significant assertion in the backdrop of controversies witnessed by the High Court in the recent past.
Talking to the media soon after he was administered oath by Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil , Acting Chief Justice Vazifdar said he would consult all the Judges on issues such as tackling the ever mounting pendency of cases and filling up the vacancies.
Earlier during the day, Acting Chief Justice Vazifdar swore to “bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established” during the simple, but impressive, ceremony attended by sitting and former judges of the high court and Supreme Court, bureaucrats, relatives and advocates. Prominent among the former Judges were Supreme Court’s former Judge, Justice H.S. Bedi, Allahabad High Court’s former Chief Justice S.S. Sodhi, and former Chief Justice of the Andhra High Court, Justice Manmohan Singh Liberhan.
Born on 4th May 1956. Completed school education in 1972 from Rishi Valley School. Graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Bombay. Completed his LL.B. from Hinduja Law College, Bombay. Enrolled as an Advocate on the rolls of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa on 17th October, 1980. Practiced on both Original and Appellate Sides in the Bombay High Court in Civil, Constitutional, Company and Arbitration matters. Also appeared in the Supreme Court, various High Courts, Tribunals, District Courts etc. Sworn in as Additional Judge of the High Court on 22nd January, 2001. He was appointed as a permanent Judge on January 21, 2003. Assumed charge as the Acting Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court on 15.12.2014 ( A.N.) on transfer from Bombay High Court.