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Justice Abhay Oka sworn-in as Chief Justice

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Justice Abhay Oka sworn-in as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, judges of the High Court and other dignitaries, including state government officials, were present at the ceremony.

 Justice Abhay Shreenivas Oka was sworn-in as Chief Justice of the High Court here on Friday.  Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R. Vala administered the oath of office to Justice Oka at the Raj Bhavan.

 “Oka took the oath in English as the new Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court at the Glass House in Raj Bhavan,” an official told reporters here.

 Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, Judges of the High Court and other dignitaries, including State Government officials, were present on the occasion.

 Justice Oka, 58, of Bombay High Court, succeeded Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, who was elevated as a Supreme Court judge in January.

 On April 8, Supreme Court Collegium had recommended the name of Justice to the High Court.  The central government on April 30 Notified Oka’s appointment by President Ram Nath Kovind on the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium.  Before Justice Oka, Justice Lingappa Narayan Swamy is the Acting Chief Justice of the Karnataka HC since January 17 following a Union Law Ministry notification stating the same.

 Justice Oka, born on 25 May, 1960, started practicing as a lawyer in Thane district court in June, 1983 after completing his BSc, LLM from University of Bombay.  He later joined the chamber of VP Tipnis, a former Judge of Bombay High Court and former Lokayukta.  He was elevated as Additional Judge of Bombay High Court in August 2003 and later as a permanent judge in November 2005.

 A Live Law profile on Justice Oka states, “A judgment of some judgments by Justice Oka undoubtedly reveals that he is a judge with a liberal outlook, who gives weightage to civil liberties over powers of the state.”

 He has given many landmark judgments including those revolving around noise pollution, the rights of atheists and the right to give “no religion” as an option in government application forms, a judgement striking down the beef ban in Maharashtra and others in the jail reforms  .