Justice Dhirendra Hiralal Waghela took oath as the new Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court at a swearing-in ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan yesterday.

Governor H.R. Bhardwaj administered the oath to the 58-year-old Chief Justice. Justice Waghela, a judge of the Gujarat High Court, succeeds Justice Vikramajit Sen, who was recently promoted as the Supreme Court judge.

The Chief Justice post was lying vacant for nearly two months during which senior judge K. Sridhar Rao was acting CJ.

Born in August 1954 in Rajkot, Justice Waghela began his legal practice in his hometown from Nov. 1975 and rose to become the senior-most judge at Gujarat High Court. He was elevated to the Bench of Gujarat High Court as an additional judge in September 1999 and became a permanent judge in May 2001. He is due to retire in August 2016.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Dy. CM R. Ashok, Law Minister Suresh Kumar, Acting Chief Justice Sridhar Rao, Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao, Upalokayukta Subhash Adi, former Lokayukta Shivaraj Patil and several judges as well as advocates attended the ceremony.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore