Bhubaneswar: Justice Mohammad Rafiq today took oath as the new Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court. He was administered oath of office by Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal at the Lok Seva Bhawan here.
President Ram Nath Kovind had ordered transfer of Justice Mohammad Rafiq, who was earlier serving as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court, as the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court. The Supreme Court Collegium had made a recommendation in this regard on April 18.
Justice Rafiq was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court on November 13, 2019. In 1984, he enrolled as an Advocate at the Bar Council of Rajasthan after obtaining his degree in law from the Rajasthan University.
Notably, the Orissa High Court was functioning under Acting Chief Justice Sanju Panda since January 5, 2020 after the retirement of Justice KS Jhaveri.