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Bombay HC gets new chief justice

mumbai Updated: Jun 26, 2010 01:23 IST
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Chief justice of Calcutta High Court, Justice Mohit Shantilal Shah has been appointed new chief justice of the Bombay High Court.

Acting chief justice of the Bombay High Court, Justice Jai Narayan Patel, will replace him as chief justice of the Calcutta High Court.

Governor K. Sankaranarayanan will administer the oath of office to Justice Shah on Saturday.

Justice J.N. Patel was serving as Acting Chief Justice of the Bombay high court after Chief Justice Anil Dave was elevated as judge of the Supreme Court on April 30.

Justice Mohit Shah, born on September 9, 1953, at Vijapur in Gujarat, is the son of a District and Session Judge.

He is a gold medallist in Bachelor of Law and started practice in Gujarat High Court in 1976. After his LL.M degree, Justice Shah was a part-time professor in a law college and later taught at the University School of Law at Ahmedabad.

Justice Shah was appointed as judge of Gujarat High Court and was elevated to Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court on December 24, 2009.

Justice Patel has served as judge of Bombay High Court for 14 years. He was elevated to the high court bench in March 1996 while handling March 1993 Mumbai serial bombings case.

Justice Patel enrolled as an advocate in August 1974. After practicing for 12 years in civil, criminal and constitutional matters in Nagpur bench of Bombay high court, he was appointed as a judge of Mumbai city civil court on April 20, 1987.