Srinagar, June 9 (GNS): Government of India on Tuesday appointed prominent lawyer Javed Iqbal Wani as a Judge of the Common High Court for the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
“In exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Javed Iqbal Wani, to be a Judge of Common High Court for the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union territory of I.adakh with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office,” reads the notification issued by Law Ministry.
Wani is the son-in-law of Kashmir High Court Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom, presently lodged in Tihar Jail New Delhi.
His recommendation, made by the Supreme Court Collegium, was pending with the central government for the past few months.
After he takes the oath, the bench strength of the high court will increase 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 case. (GNS)