CJ to take oath as SC Judge on April 3

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 26: Chief Justice of State High Court, Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla is likely to take oath as Judge of Supreme Court on April 3.
According to the sources in the High Court, the notification regarding elevation of Justice Kalifulla as Judge of Supreme Court is expected to be received from the Union Ministry of Law and Justice by tomorrow evening.
Born on July 23, 1951, Justice Kalifulla was enrolled as an Advocate on August 20, 1975. He was an active Labour Law Practitioner as Partner of the Lawyer’s Firm called M/s T S Gopalan & Co., and appeared for various Public and Private Sector Undertakings, Nationalized and Scheduled Banks. He was the Standing Counsel for the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. On March 2, 2000, he was appointed as Permanent Judge of the Madras High Court.
After assuming the office, he rendered many landmark judgments. In a case relating to elections to Chennai City Corporation, Justice Kalifulla as part of the Division Bench rendered a dissenting judgment holding that the election in respect of 99 wards was liable to be set aside. The matter was referred to a third Judge, who also confirmed the view of Justice Kalifulla.
He was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir on April 7, 2011 and took oath as Chief Justice of High Court on September 18, 2011.
After the elevation of Justice Kalifulla, it is expected that Justice Virender Singh, the senior most Judge of J&K High Court will be the Acting Chief Justice.