Gangtok, 30 Oct (IPR): Senior Judge of the Uttarakhand High Court, Justice Vijay Kumar Bist, was today sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court following his appointment by the President of India on 24 Oct, 2018.
In a brief ceremony held at Ashirvad Bhavan (Raj Bhavan) in Gangtok, Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad administered the oath of office to the Justice Vijay Kumar Bist. The ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling along with his Cabinet Colleagues, SLA Speaker, Shri K.N. Rai, Minister for Tourism, Irrigation, Minor Irrigation, Culture, Watershed Management and Indo Nepal- Uttrakhand, River Projects, Government of Uttrakhand, Shri Satpal Maharaj, Judges of High Court of Sikkim, Justice Meenakshi M. Rai & Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, Members of Parliament, Shri P.D. Rai and Shri Hissey Lachungpa, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, and Heads of Departments, officials of Sikkim High Court and members of High Court Bar Association among others.
Justice Bist was born on 17 Sept, 1957 at Lansdowne, District Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand and obtained his Law Degree from Allahabad University. He enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh in 1984 and started practicing at Allahabad High Court in various segments of litigations until November 2000. Following the creation of Uttarakhand High Court, he shifted to Nainital and practiced at Uttarakhand High Court. On 01 Nov, 2008, he was elevated as Judge of the Uttarakhand High Court.
The post of Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court had fallen vacant after the retirement of Justice Satish Kumar Agnihotri on 31 June earlier this year.