Delhi High Court
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The High Court of Delhi (IAST: dillī uchcha nyāyālaya) was established on 31 October 1966. The High Court of Delhi was established with four judges, including Chief Justice K. S. Hegde, Justice I. D. Dua, Justice H. R. Khanna and Justice S. K. Kapur. Presently, the High Court has a sanctioned strength of 45 permanent judges and 15 additional judges.
|Delhi High Court |
दिल्ली उच्च न्यायालय
|Established||31 October 1966|
|Composition method||Presidential with confirmation of Chief Justice of India|
|Currently||Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel|
|Since||7 June 2019|
The High Courts (Punjab) Order, 1947 established a new High Court for the province of East Punjab with effect from 15 August 1947. The India (Adaptation of Existing Indian Laws) Order, 1947 provided that any reference in existing Indian law to the High Court of Judicature at Lahore be replaced by a reference to the High Court of East Punjab.
When the Secretariat of the Punjab Government shifted to Chandigarh in 1954–55, the High Court also shifted to Chandigarh. The High Court of Punjab, as it later came to be called, exercised jurisdiction over Delhi through a Circuit Bench which dealt with the cases pertaining to the Union Territory of Delhi and the Delhi Administration.
In view of the importance of Delhi, its population and other considerations, the Indian Parliament, by enacting the Delhi High Court Act, 1966, established the High Court of Delhi effective from 31 October 1966.
By virtue of Section 3(1) of the Delhi High Court Act, the Central Government was empowered to appoint a date by notification in the official gazette, establishing a High Court for the Union Territory of Delhi. The appointed date was 31 October 1966.
The High Court of Delhi initially exercised jurisdiction not only over the Union Territory of Delhi but also Himachal Pradesh. The High Court of Delhi had a Himachal Pradesh Bench at Shimla in a building called Ravenswood. The High Court of Delhi continued to exercise jurisdiction over Himachal Pradesh until the State of Himachal Pradesh Act, 1970 came into force on 25 January 1971.
Current Judges of Delhi HCEdit
Following is the list of sitting Judges including Chief Justice of High Court of Delhi:
|1||Chief Justice of Delhi HC||Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel|
|5||Justice||Rajiv Sahai Endlaw|
|8||Justice||Suresh Kumar Kait|
|14||Justice||V. Kameswar Rao|
|18||Justice||Prathiba M. Singh|
|20||Justice||C. Hari Shankar|
|24||Justice||Anup Jairam Bhambhani|
|26||Justice||Manoj Kumar Ohri|
Original Side Civil JurisdictionEdit
The High Court of Delhi is territory. This means that civil cases can be filed directly in the High Court, whereas the High Court generally only has appellate civil jurisdiction otherwise. The other High Courts which have original side jurisdiction are Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, and Himachal Pradesh.
As per the report released on 2006–08, Delhi High court has a long list of pending cases. The backlog is such that it would take 466 years to resolve them. In a bid to restore public trust and confidence, Delhi court spent 5 minutes per case and disposed of 94,000 cases in 2008–10.
Former Chief Justices of Delhi HCEdit
|1||K. S. Hegde||31 Oct 1966||16 Jul 1967|
|-||M K M Ismail (acting)||17 Jul 1967||13 Nov 1967|
|2||I. D. Dua||14 Nov 1967||01 Aug 1969|
|3||H. R. Khanna||01 Aug 1969||22 Sep 1970|
|4||Hardayal Hardy||22 Sep 1971||15 May 1972|
|5||Narain Andley||15 May 1972||04 Jun 1974|
|6||T. V. R. Tatachari||04 Jun 1974||16 Oct 1978|
|7||V. S. Deshpande||16 Oct 1978||27 Mar 1980|
|8||Prakash Narain||08 Jan 1981||06 Aug 1985|
|9||Rajinder Sachar||06 Aug 1985||22 Dec 1985|
|10||D. K. Kapur||22 Dec 1985||20 Aug 1986|
|11||T.P.S. Chawla||20 Aug 1986||16 Aug 1987|
|-||R. N. Aggarwal (acting)||16 Aug 1987||21 Aug 1987|
|12||Yogeshwar Dayal||21 Aug 1987||18 Mar 1988|
|13||Rabindranath Pyne||18 Mar 1988||28 Sep 1990|
|14||Milap Chand Jain||28 Nov 1990||21 Jul 1991|
|15||G. C. Mittal||05 Aug 1991||04 Mar 1994|
|16||M. Jagannadha Rao||12 Apr 1994||21 Mar 1997|
|17||Mahinder Narain||21 Mar 1997||30 Dec 1999|
|18||Sam Nariman Variava||31 Dec 1999||15 Mar 2000|
|19||Arijit Pasayat||10 May 2000||19 Oct 2001|
|20||S.B. Sinha||26 Nov 2001||01 Oct 2002|
|21||B. C. Patel||05 Mar 2003||07 Aug 2005|
|22||Markandey Katju||12 Oct 2005||10 Apr 2006|
|23||Mukundakam Sharma||04 Dec 2006||09 Apr 2008|
|24||Ajit Prakash Shah||11 May 2008||12 Feb 2010|
|25||Dipak Misra||24 May 2010||10 Oct 2011|
|26||D Murugesan||26 Sep 2012||10 Jun 2013|
|-||Badar Durrez Ahmed (acting)||10 Jun 2013||01 Sept 2013|
|27||N. V. Ramana||02 Sep 2013||16 Feb 2014|
|-||Badar Durrez Ahmed (acting)||17 Feb 2014||20 Apr 2014|
|28||Gorla Rohini||21 Apr 2014||13 Apr 2017|
|-||Gita Mittal (acting)||14 Apr 2017||10 Aug 2018|
|29||Rajendra Menon||11 Aug 2018||06 Jun 2019|
The National Capital Territory of Delhi has 7 District Courts Complex that function under the High Court of Delhi. These 7 are physical locations of the district courts, whereas actually there are 11 district courts headed by individual District Judges. The Tis Hazari complex, Rohini complex and Saket complex hosts 2 Districts each, while the Karkardooma complex hosts 3 Districts and the remaining 3 complexes (Patiala, Dwarka and Rouse Avenue) host 1 District each.
The list of 7 District Courts Complex in Delhi is as follows:
|Districts||Name of Court|
|1||1958||Central Delhi and West Delhi||Tis Hazari Courts Complex|
|2||1977||New Delhi||Patiala House Courts Complex|
|3||1993||East Delhi, North-East Delhi and Shahdara||Karkardooma Courts Complex|
|4||2005||North Delhi and North-West Delhi||Rohini Courts Complex|
|5||2008||South-West Delhi||Dwarka Courts Complex|
|6||2010||South Delhi and South-East Delhi||Saket Courts Complex|
|7||2019||Central Delhi and West Delhi||Rouse Avenue Courts Complex|
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- "Rouse Avenue court complex opens today". The Times of India. 9 April 2019.
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