History was created on Thursday, 2 April, when Justice Rajesh Oswal took oath as a judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court under the Indian Constitution since all previous HC judges have taken oath under the state constitution.
The oath ceremony was broadcasted on internet due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The oath in Jammu was administered by HC Chief Justice Gita Mittal and it was broadcasted via a web link, as per a notification issued by Registrar General Sanjay Dhar.
Asked whether Justice Oswal will be the first judge of the HC to take oath under the Indian Constitution, Dhar said, as quoted by PTI, "It is true".
Following the abrogation of Article 370 and reorganisation of the state into two union territories, judges have to take oath under the Indian Constitution.
Senior HC lawyer and former Jammu Bar Association President A K Sawhney too, said Judge Oswal will be the first judge of J&K to take oath under Indian Constitution.
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