Srinagar, June 12: The bench strength of Jammu and Kashmir High Court rose to 13 as Justice Javed Iqbal Wani took oath on Friday.
Reports said that Chief Justice Gita Mittal administered the oath of office to Justice Wani at the Srinagar Wing of the High Court at 11 a.m.
On Tuesday last, President of India appointed Justice Wani as the Judge of the common High Court to J&K and Ladakh with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.
His recommendation, made by the Supreme Court Collegium, was pending with the government of India for the past few months.
After he took the oath, the bench strength of the High Court increased to 13 against the total strengthen of 17 judges include the Chief Justice.
Advocate Iqbal Wani is the gold medallist in Law from Kashmir University and had started practice in 1990. He had been practising in Jammu and Srinagar Wings of High Court.
He had also served as Additional Advocate General from February 2019 to December 2019 and had also represented army in many cases including the Pathribal fake encounter one. (GNS)