Cuttack: Justice Sanjeeb Kumar Panigrahi was on Monday sworn in as a judge of Orissa High Court.
Acting Chief Justice Sanju Panda administered the oath of office to Justice Panigrahi, who was appointed as a judge of the Orissa HC by the President on February 7. With Panigrahi’s appointment, the number of judges in the Orissa HC increased to 14.
Panigrahi was an advocate-on-record in the Supreme Court and conduct cases as counsel for Odisha in the apex court.
Though the Supreme Court Collegium had recommended appointment of advocate Panigrahi and Judicial Officer Bibhu Prasad Routray as Judges of the Orissa High Court in October last year, but the Centre cleared the name of only Routray on November 7. Accordingly, he took oath as the judge on November 9 last year.
On February 7, the Union Ministry of Law and Justice notified the appointment of advocate Panigrahi as the judge of Orissa HC.
Notably, Justices Routray and Panigrahi were found suitable by the Supreme Court Collegium headed by the then Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi out of the 12 names – four judicial officers and eight advocates – recommended by the Orissa High Court Collegium.