Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul will take oath as the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court on Saturday. Justice Kaul is the Delhi high court's seniormost judge after the chief justice.
Haryana governor Jagannath Pahadia would administer the oath of office to the new chief justice at the Haryana Raj Bhawan.
Born on December 26, 1958, justice Kaul completed his education in Delhi. After acquiring LLB degree from Delhi University in 1982, he enrolled himself as an advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi. He has practised in the Delhi high court, mainly in commercial, civil, writ and company matters.
He was designated senior advocate in December 1999, after which he was elevated as additional judge of the Delhi high court on May 3, 2001. He became a permanent judge on May 2, 2003.
Justice Kaul was the acting chief justice of the Delhi high court in September 2012.
After taking oath, the strength of the high court judges would reach 41 against the sanctioned strength of 68. The post of chief justice had fallen vacant on April 11 after former chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri was elevated as a Supreme Court judge. Since then, justice Jasbir Singh was functioning as acting chief justice.