President of India on Tuesday ordered the appointment of Javed Iqbal Wani as a Judge of Common High Court for the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Wani is the son-in-law of Kashmir High Court Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom, presently lodged in Tihar Jail New Delhi.
“In exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Javed Iqbal Wani, to be a Judge of Common High Court for the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union territory of I.adakh with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office,” reads the notification issued by the GoI.
After he takes the oath, the bench strength of the high court will increase to 13 against the total strengthen of 17 judges include the Chief Justice.
The Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting on January 22 this year had approved the name of Wani and forwarded the same to Law Ministry, GoI, for appointment as High Court Judge.
Advocate Iqbal Wani is the gold medallist in Law from Kashmir University and had started practice in 1990. He had been practising in Jammu and Srinagar Wings of High Court.
He had also served as Additional Advocate General from February 2019 to December 2019 and had also represented army in many cases including the Pathribal fake encounter case. (GNS)