The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday bid farewell to justice Kuldip Singh and justice DD Sud, who will demit office on January 17 and February 18 respectively.
It was for the first time that two judges of the High Court were accorded farewell on the same day as their dates of demitting office fall during winter vacations. The High Court would be closed for winter vacations from January 11 to February 22, 2014.
Both the judges were bid farewell by way of a full court address in the court of the chief justice. Acting chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir, justices Sanjay Karol, Rajiv Sharma, VK Sharma and DC Chaudhary were also present on the occasion. Registrar general AC Dogra conducted the proceedings.
Justice Sud practiced in the Supreme Court of India, the Delhi high court, Tees Hazari, Patiala House, Income Tax Tribunal and Central Excise Tribunal at New Delhi from 1980 to 1983 and in the Himachal Pradesh high court at Shimla from 1983. He was designated as senior advocate in the year 1997. Justice Sud was elevated as judge of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh in November, 2006. He also had a short stint as the acting chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh high court.
Justice Singh practiced in district courts at Nahan and Shimla and also in the high court. He was designated senior advocate in1999. He was elevated as the additional judge of the Himachal Pradesh high court in 2007 and confirmed as permanent judge on in April, 2012.
Mir hailed both the retiring judges as having “sterling qualities, legal acumen and skill, who neither feared nor favoured anyone”. In his address, justice Sud and justice Singh thanked their predecessors and colleagues for their valuable guidance, and the Bar and the staff for their cooperation.