Justice JK Maheshwari, Supreme Court of India, visited Sikkim


Gangtok, 05 Jul (IPR): Justice JK Maheshwari, Supreme Court of India, visited Sikkim from 30 Jun to 03 Jul, 2022. He was accompanied in the visit by Uma Maheshwari.

The Supreme Court Judge was received at Bagdogra airport by Advocate, OP Bhandari, Vice President, Sikkim High CourtBar Association, also the OSD (Legal) to the Chief Minister of Sikkim and officers of Home Department and High Court of Sikkim. At Rangpo, the visiting dignitary was received and welcomed by Registrar General, High Court of Sikkim, KW Bhutia and State Government officers.

A felicitation programme was organised at Manan Kendra Mini Hall on the 02 July in honour of Justice JK Maheshwari, Judge, Supreme Court of India. The programme was organised by the Sikkim High Court Bar Association, Gangtok.

Justice JK Maheshwari served as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Sikkim from 06 Jan, 2021 to 31 Aug, 2021 before being appointed the Judge of the Supreme Court of India.

The felicitation programme was a special gesture from the Sikkim High Court Bar Association to celebrate the elevation of Justice JK Maheshwari as the Judge, Supreme Court of India. He is the first Chief Justice of Sikkim to be appointed as Judge, Supreme Court of India.

The programme had the august presence of Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim,JusticeBiswanathSomadder as the Guest of Honour, along with Judge,Justice MeenakshiMadanRai, High Court of Sikkim and Judge,Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, High Court of Sikkim as special guests.

The programme also had the esteemed presence of Judicial Officers, Executive Members and Members of the Sikkim High Court Bar Association, learned Advocates, Faculty and students of various Law Colleges in the State, and other invited guests.

The programme began with the offering of bouquet and traditional khadas to the chief guest and esteemed dignitaries by President, SHCBA, DrDoma T Bhutia, Vice President, SHCBA, Advocate, OP Bhandari and other Executive Members of the Bar, followed by lighting of the ceremonial lamp.

Thereafter, the Souvenir of the Sikkim High Court Bar Association for 2021–22 was released by the chief guest and esteemed dignitaries.

The welcome address was delivered by Additional Advocate General and President, Sikkim High Court Bar Association, DrDoma T Bhutia. In her address, the President stated that it is a historic feat for the High Court of Sikkim as Justice JK Maheshwari became the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Sikkim to be elevated as Judge, Supreme Court of India.

In her address, DrDoma T Bhutia touched upon the illustrious professional journey of Justice JK Maheshwari. She expressed her gratitude to Justice Maheshwari for accepting the invitation of SHCBA to grace the felicitation programme.

DrDoma T Bhutia also highlighted the activities of the Sikkim High Court Bar Association in the past few years.

The highlight of the programme was a special lecture delivered by Justice JKMaheshwari on the topic 'Writ Jurisdiction under Article - 226 of the Constitution of India'. Justice Maheshwari provided a historical perspective of the Writ Jurisdiction and informed that it was first introduced in India in the year 1774 and threw light on the chronology that followed. Thereafter, he explained about Writ Jurisdiction after the Constitution of India came into effect. He also explained the nature and scope of Writ Jurisdiction.

Thereafter, the chief guest, the guest of honour and special guests were honoured with Mementos.

The programme came to a conclusion with a vote of thanks proposed by Secretary, Sikkim High Court Bar Association, Laxmi C Gurung.

During his visit to the State, Justice JK Maheshwari also attended an interactive session at the School of Legal Studies, ICFAI University Sikkim.

He also visited the Tsomgo Lake and the landmark Nathula pass during his tour of Sikkim.