The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has given his nod for appointment of Sindhu Sharma as first women judge along with judicial officer Rashid Ali Dar as judges to the J&K High Court.
The appointment of Sindhu Sharma marks an important step for the J&K High Court as in its 90 years of existence, the court had 107 judges – who were all men.
In 2014, Sharma also became the first lady advocate from the J&K High Court to have been appointed an assistant solicitor general of India. After her initial appointment as ASG in 2014, her tenure was further renewed for a period of three years in November 2017, according to Bar & Bench.
Sindhu, the sister-in-law of Union Minister Arun Jaitley, enrolled with the Bar in 1996, after obtaining her LLB. degree from Punjab University in Chandigarh. She has also practiced in the district courts and the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
Sharma was also elected as the vice president of the J&K High Court Bar Association in 2013 for a term of two years.
Last month, the Supreme Court Collegium also recommended acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Gita Mittal for appointment as the next Chief Justice of the J&K High Court.
The office of Chief Justice for the J&K High Court has been lying vacant since March 15 this year after the retirement of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed.