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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended elevation of justice S Muralidhar as the next Chief Justice of Orissa High Court. Muralidhar is currently posted at the Punjab & Haryana High Court.

Justice Muralidhar, whose parent High Court is Delhi, was transferred to Punjab & Haryana High Court in February 2020 where he is currently functioning as a puisne judge. Muralidhar began his law practice in Chennai in 1984 before shifting to Delhi in 1987. He became a judge of the Delhi High Court in 2006.

On the other hand, present Chief Justice of Orissa High Court, Mohammad Rafiq has been transferred to Madhya Pradesh High Court. The Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on December 14 had recommended transfer of Rafiq along with eight other judges.

Before taking oath 31st Chief Justice of Orissa High Court in April, 2020, Rafiq had served as the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court and also former Judge of Rajasthan High Court. He has also served as Acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court for two times.

He completed his B.Com in 1980, LL.B in 1984, and M.Com in 1986 from the University of Rajasthan. Justice Rafiq joined the Bar and started practicing as an Advocate in 1984. He also worked as the Assistant Government Advocate for the State of Rajasthan and was later elevated to the post of Deputy Government Advocate. He also represented the Union of India as Standing Counsel before the Rajasthan High Court.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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