Cuttack: Judicial officer Bibhu Prasad Routray took oath as a judge of Orissa High Court (HC) today. Chief Justice of the HC KS Jhaveri administered the oath of office to the President-appointed Judge at 2 PM today.
Yesterday, a notification was issued by the Department of Justice under the Union Ministry of Law and Justice stating that the President of India has appointed Routray as a judge of the Orissa HC from the date he assumes charge.
With this, the number working Judges of the High Court rose to 15 as against a sanctioned strength of 27.
Worth mentioning, the Supreme Court Collegium on October 3 this year had approved a resolution to elevate Routray and New Delhi-based Odia advocate Sanjib Kumar Panigrahi to the bench of the High Court. But yesterday’s notification was silent on Panigrahi’s appointment.