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Long awaited sweating vacuum in Orissa High Court at last filled in

Long awaited sweating vacuum in Orissa High Court at last filled in

New chief justice of Orissa high court Hon’ble Mr. Justice D.H. Waghela occasioned to have swearing in as Chief justice on 4th June 2015

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Cuttack : 03.06.2015: OBB: After long speculative waiting
 ,Orissa High Court is now graced with its new chief justice Hon’ble Mr. Justice D.H. Waghela. Justice Waghela while  continuing as Chief Justice of Karnatak High Court is brought under transfer to Orissa High Court .Long awaited sweating vacuum is at last filled in with a new hope and aspiration . Here is a recurring feature that the post of Chief Justice is being managed by Acting Chief Justice but fact remains ,people at large always after a new taste and this besides ,Orissa high Court is replete with local  judges and corridor murmuring voice comes in that unless local judges are transferred or be kept under the vigilant administration of full time chief justice there may be some element of favoritism shadowing the judicial atmosphere in the high court.Experiences are such ,lawyers closure to some privileged quarters are kept in the cream layer in the practice of high court and there arises inequality among the equals.

Orissa-high-Court-598x330Orissa high court is passing through lot many challenges like (i) despite well equipped two separately constructed High court Buildings in different span of time  accommodating large numbers of judges and advocates ,a High Rise Building is planted in the teeth of deficient space at the cost of sever public inconvenience and fact remains ,the state exchequre is brought under the heat of expenditure. Hence the mind for such high rise building is in public domain demanded to be investigated into by the CBI alone (ii) recommebndation of names for the appointment of judges is believed to have been made without assessment of merit and suitabilituy and thus the future course of action may be brought for appropriate decision by the civil socuiety of Odisha and above all the appointment of law officers in High court by the govt is otherwise said to be a kind of recommendation from the priviledged quarters too and last but not the least ,for the development of Cuttack being millenium city one PIL Bench is constituted over the decades whereas many other import cities of the States are ignored for which time without numbers discrimatory treatment on regional issues are an emerging threat for the state and prefreably high court has become the centre of these issues directly or indirectly.

Regard being given to the efficiency of Justice D.H. Waghela and his meritorious unmatched career ,the lawyers and the public at large are hopefull of siome reformative measure in the judiciary of the state .

  • Background
Background : Justice D.H. Waghela was born on 11.08.1954 at Rajkot in the family of artists and artisans. He had his primary education in municipal schools and Swaminarayan Gurukul. His teachers found in him a precocious child and encouranged him twice to jump two standards in one academic year and that is how he cleared his eleventh standard matriculation at the age of 14 years. He graduated in commerce at P.D.Malaviya Commerce College, Rajkot and also attended his family business for five years. After graduating in commerce with honours in the year 1972, he joined A.M.P. Law College at Rajkot and voluntarily attempted all the examinations in law in English medium. He stood first in Saurashtra University in General LL.B. as well as in Special LL.B. in the years 1974 and 1975 respectively. While undertaking the studies for Special LL.B., he also attended the terms for his masters degree in law and stood second in the University in LL.M. by clearing all the examinations in 1976-77 .In order to be enrolled with the Bar, Justice D.H. Waghela had to wait for a few months as he was not meeting the eligibility criterion of 21 years of age. He was awarded National Scholarship for pursuing his LL.M. He was brought into legal practice by one of his Professors and Senior Advocate of Rajkot, who initiated him into the best practices in the legal profession. After being LL.M. at the age of 22, he started his own practice and office in the year 1978 and practiced exclusively in the Labour and Industrial Courts and exclusively appeared for labour for many years. He was elected as Secretary of the Labour Court Practitioners’ Association for several successive years and represented the Labour Bar of Saurashtra in the agitation for a High Court bench in Saurashtra. However, while the struggle and agitation failed, he himself shifted his practice to the High Court in the year 1990 and shifted his residence and office to Ahmedabad in the year 1995. Before that, he appeared in a sensational matter related to stock exchange against the redoubtable senior advocate late Shri Giriraj Desai and made his mark as a promising new entrant to the High Court Bar. Even at that stage, in the year 1994, he was called to the bench, but could be offered entry at the City Civil Court level because of his age. Thereafter, he practiced in the High Court and appeared in many cases for poor workmen without charging any fees and also represented several government bodies and companies as well as the Gujarat Pollution Control Board. In the year 1999, he was called to the bench and assumed his office as Additional Judge of the High Court of Gujarat on 17th September, 1999. He learned the elements of judgeship and the art of writing judgments from his great friend, philosopher and guide late Justice Shri R.K.Abichandani

Justice D.H. Waghela, working as the Judge of the High Court, decided thousands of cases, sitting as a single Judge or in the Division Bench, and many of them have been reported. His Lordship particularly made his mark in the field of labour and constitutional law. He always tried to abide by the oath of his office and secured unstinting support of the Bar. He publicly acknowledged that he himself was a product of the Bar. And it was at the Bar that he learned and put into practice the professional ethics as well as the habit of working hard for securing the ends of justice. His Lordship is now elevated as the Chief Justice, High Court of Karnataka in March, 2013.


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