Justice Shah sworn in as Delhi HC Chief Justice

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New Delhi, May 11 (UNI) Justice Ajit Prakash Shah was today sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

Delhi Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna administered the oath of office to Justice Shah who was so far the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court.

Born on February 13, 1948 at Solapur, Justice Shah comes from a family of lawyers -- his grandfather, father and uncle were in the legal profession. Later on his father became a judge of the Bombay High Court.

Justice Shah did his graduation from Solapur and completed graduation in Law from Government Law College, Mumbai. After a short span of practice in the District Court at Solapur, he shifted his practice to Bombay High Court in 1977 and joined the chamber of then leading Advocate Justice S C Pratap.

He was appointed as an Additional Judge of Bombay High Court in 1992 and became the permanent Judge of the Bombay High Court in 1994. He assumed charge as the ChNew Delhi, May 11 (UNI)ief Justice of the Madras High Court on November 12, 2005.

He made several reforms in the administration of justice in Tamil Nadu and made the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Academy vibrant by organising frequent training programmes to judicial officers.

Justice Shah has got a unique record of swearing in 34 new judges in the Madras High Court. When he assumed charge, the sitting strength of the court was only 22, as against the sanctioned strength of 49. Now the court has 45 judges.

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