J&K High Court likely to have first woman judge

With process to fill four vacant berths in higher judiciary set in motion, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court may, for the first time in its history, see a woman judge.

Reports said Jammu-based Deputy Advocate General Neeru Goswami, who is the wife of  Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami, had been recommended for her appointment as a judge of the High Court by the collegium on Thursday.

The collegium comprising J&K Chief Justice M M Kumar, Justice V K Singh and Justice Yaqoob Mir recommended Neeru Goswami’s name for the coveted post.

It is not for the first time that Neeru’s name has cropped up for the post as she was among the potential contenders for High Court judge in 2010 also. However, Neeru, along with the first-ever woman District and Sessions Judge of the state, Gaus-un-Nisa Jeelani, could not make it then.

In the middle rung judiciary, the state has a total of three women District and Sessions Judges—Nighat Sultana (2nd Additional District and Sessions Judge Jammu), Kalpana Revo (Additional District and Sessions Judge Udhampur) and Sonia Gupta (Additional District and Sessions Judge Kathua).

In the ratio of 60:40, the state can have nine High Court judges from Bar and five from the service quota.

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