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Jain to be CJ of Punjab & Haryana HC
S.S. Negi
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, November 16
The appointment of Mr Justice Vijender Jain as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court was cleared today by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam after the Supreme Court Collegium recommended his name for the second time following certain queries raised by Dr Kalam.

The President gave approval to the Collegiumís fresh proposal, forwarded to him by the Union Government with positive recommendations, sources said.

A formal notification on his appointment was expected to be issued in a day or two by the Law and Justice Ministry. At present, Mr Justice Jain is the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

He is expected to take the oath of office soon after the warrant of his appointment is formally issued by the President, sources said.

The post of the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court has been lying vacant since the elevation of Mr Justice D.K. Jain to the Supreme Court earlier this year.

The Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Y.K. Sabharwal and comprising four senior-most apex court judges, had initially recommended Justice Jainís name for the post of the Chief Justice in July, but due to certain queries raised by the President, his appointment was delayed. The Collegium had reiterated its recommendation in a recent meeting, satisfying Dr Kalamís queries.

Born on August 2, 1946, Mr Justice Jain started his career as a lawyer in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court in July, 1969. Considered an expert in constitutional, civil and taxation laws, he was appointed a judge of the Delhi High Court on December 24, 1992. He is a member of the International Law Associationís Committee on Human Rights and Honorary Secretary of the Associationís India Chapter.

Mr Justice Jainís recent order to demolish unauthorised constructions in Delhi had yielded good results on clearing encroachments on the public land.

at several places and initiation of a CBI probe against several MC officials for their alleged complicity in allowing illegal constructions.

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