The purpose behind the establishment of the Karnataka State Bar Council was to enroll candidates who have obtained a law degree and enable disciplinary control over the advocates.
By Praveena Parthiban
As per the recommendations given by the Supreme Court Collegium, Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice Pavankumar Bhimappa Bajanthri were transferred to the High Court of Karnataka, Bangalore.
The High Courts under different state governments like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, and other North Eastern states had vacancies to be filled for advocates and judges. The Supreme Court intervened and appointed various judges to fill up those vacancies. A bench consisting of the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was in-charge of this initiative. It was said that there were 5,000 vacancies available for judicial officers.
Justice Alok Aradhe had been an active Chief Justice at the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir before coming to Bangalore. Justice Pavankumar Bhimappa Bajanthri had served at the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.
A welcome address was given by Chairman of Karnataka State Bar Council, Mr. A.A. Magadum, to newly appointed Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice Pavankumar Bhimappa Bajanthri at the High Court of Karnataka in Bangalore on Monday. A bench of 19 judges was present to welcome the two new Justices.
The website of the Karnataka State Bar Council has mentioned that the salient features of this Council were to enroll candidates who have obtained a law degree, disciplinary control over the advocates, to promote legal education to junior advocates, and to provide financial assistance to the advocates on medical ground, and to their families.
Magadum said, “Four Justices from here have become Judges at the Supreme Court. It is indeed an honour for us to have more outstanding judges in our presence.”
Magadum claimed that the High Court of Karnataka has been in existence for 110 years. He gave a brief description of the educational and professional background of both Justices.
Magadum praised Justice Aradhe, stating that his transfer from Jammu and Kashmir in North India to Karnataka in South India was admirable and would promote “legal sovereignty” between the two regions.
After his speech was over, Justice Aradhe and Justice Bajanthri thanked the bench of judges and Magadum for welcoming them. Both of them gave a short speech, highlighting the specialties of the High Court of Karnataka.
Justice Aradhe said, “I am privileged to get the opportunity to work at such an esteemed institution which has such high morals and traditions.”