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Orissa CJ Waghela sworn in as Bombay HC CJ

Chief Justice Dhirendra Hiralal Waghela of the Orissa High Court on Monday was sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of the Bombay high court here, following the collegium’s recommendation last month.

Governor CV Rao administered the oath of office to Chief Justice Waghela at Raj Bhavan.

Present on the occasion were Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, ministers, judges, legal and civil officials and other invitees.

Chief Justice Waghela, 61, who was transferred from Orissa to the Bombay high court, succeeds Chief Justice Mohit Shah who retired on 8 September last year. Since then, Justice (Mrs.) Vijaya K Tahilramani served as the Acting Chief Justice.

Born in Rajkot on 11 August, 1954, Chief Justice Waghela belongs to a family of artists and artisans. He studied B Com besides attending to the family business for five years.

He topped the Saurashtra University in General LLB (1974) and in Special LLB (1975), and completed LLM (Master of Law) in 1976-1977.

In 1978, he launched his own private practice at the labour and industrial court, and on 17 September, 1999, he was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Gujarat High Court.

Waghela was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Karnataka high court in March 2013 and transferred as the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court on 4 June, 2015.

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