On Wednesday, Chief Justice Aravind Kumar took command of Gujarat High Court after swearing-in at Raj Bhavan, Gandhinagar, in the proximity of executive, legislative and judiciary members. Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath of office to Justice Kumar.
Justice Kumar (59) is the 27th Chief Justice of the High Court, registered as an advocate in 1987 and trained across Karnataka civil courts, magistrate courts, appellate tribunals and the High Court. In 1999, he was designated as the Additional Central Government Standing Counsel at the High Court. He was selected as a member of the Regional Direct Taxes Advisory Committee in the year 2002. He has also worked as the Standing Counsel for the Income Tax Department and was designated as the Assistant Solicitor General of India in 2005.
In 2009, Justice Kumar was promoted as an Additional Judge at the High Court and was a permanent judge by 2012. He was involved in the division bench managed by then Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Abhay Oka, directing COVID-19 issues during the second wave.
In 2017, Justice Kumar had also led over a petition moved by then Karnataka BJP chief and former chief minister of Karnataka B S Yedyurappa, endeavouring quashing of charges registered by the Anti-Corruption Bureau dating back to 2007, under the provisions of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act, for charges about releasing possession of the land. The court had given Yedyurappa’s interim appeal of lingering the inquiry.
Witnesses at the oath-taking ceremony were Supreme Court judges Justices M R Shah and Bela Trivedi, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, judges of the High Court, members of the Bar and Gujarat chief secretary Pankaj Kumar.