The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday received the transfer orders of chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul to the Madras high court as its chief justice.
Justice Kaul would take oath of Madras high court chief justice on July 26 and till the new chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court is appointed, justice Ashutosh Mohunta (seniormost judge) would work as acting chief justice.
As per information, July 22 would be the last working day of chief justice Kaul in the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Justice Kaul, 55, who had taken oath as the 32nd chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court on June 1 last year, has spent over 14 months in Chandigarh.
Born on December 26, 1958, justice Kaul obtained an LLB degree from Delhi University in 1982. He practised in the Delhi high court mainly in commercial, civil, writ and company matters. He was designated as senior advocate in December 1999 after which he was elevated as additional judge of the Delhi high court on May 3, 2001. He became the permanent judge on May 2, 2003.
During his tenure as chief justice, among various initiatives, justice Kaul had been successful on bringing down pendency of cases in all the courts across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
He is also known for discouraging filing of frivolous public interest litigations and effectively implementing the system of holding of courts by high court judges as per their respective rosters as well as seniority on the same floor of the building.
The step had also come as a big relief to the advocates since they had earlier been shuttling between one building of the high court and another. In an initiative to clear long-pending cases in the high court, chief justice Kaul had also dedicated Wednesdays and Thursdays for hearing such cases.