CUTTACK: Chief Justice DH Waghela of Karnataka High Court has been appointed as Chief Justice (CJ) of Orissa High Court (HC).
The warrant of appointment has reached Orissa HC on Monday and the CJ can take oath of his office within next two months. He would take over from acting Chief Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty, who had been given the charge following elevation of Chief Justice Amitava Roy to the Supreme Court in March.
Chief Justice Waghela, who hails from Rajkot in Gujarat, had been a judge of Gujarat High Court from 1999 and subsequently elevated as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court in 2013.
Born on August 11, 1954, Justice Waghela had passed his post-graduation in law in 1976-77 with flying colours and started practice in labour and industrial courts. In 1990, he shifted practice to High Court and took up cases of labourers without charging any fee while representing many Government bodies.
He was called to the bench in 1999 and appointed as Additional Judge of Gujarat High Court on September 17, 1999. He became a permanent judge in 2001. He was elevated as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court in March 2013.