Justice Neeraj Kishan Kaul, who was appointed a judge of the Delhi High Court over four months back, has resigned saying he wanted to go back to practising as a lawyer.
Kaul, 46, had taken oath as an Additional Judge of the High Court on April 15. The judge said that he has sent his resignation letter to the President on Tuesday. He had on July 24 sent his resignation letter to Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan.
“I felt I enjoyed private practice more,” he said and went on to add that there was no other reason behind his decision.
“I felt I was better suited for a lawyer’s job and I never wanted to impose myself on the Constitutional post,” he said. Kaul said he will renew his practice in the High Courts and Supreme Court.
“I was appointed as an additional judge and my judgeship was not confirmed. So I can practice in Supreme Court as well as in High Courts,” he said.
He said that no formal acceptance of his resignation as an additional judge was required to relieve him from the post.
This is the second time that a sitting judge of the High Court has resigned in the last two decades. Justice M L Verma had resigned from the judgeship in 1991 within a year of being elevated to the Bench.