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Delhi High Court is my karma-bhoomi, said the outgoing Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Gita Mittal on the occasion of a farewell reference by the full court held on Wednesday.
Justice Mittal is slated to take over as the first woman Chief Justice of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court.
“I will and shall remain attached to the Delhi High Court”, said an emotional Justice Mittal who started her legal career as a lawyer in the High Court in the year 1981.
In her farewell address to a jam-packed gathering in Court Room No. 1 of the High Court, Justice Mittal recalled how as a woman and a first-generation lawyer she had never imagined that she would one day become a judge of the High Court.
“As a woman I am constantly being asked about breaking the glass ceiling.. glass ceiling isn’t about arriving. It is about enabling others as well to stand as tall as you.”
Saying that she joined law with a burning desire to contribute towards the welfare of the society, the outgoing Acting CJ thanked the Delhi High Court for an incredible experience.
Justice Mittal also announced the constitution of a committee to establish creche facility for lady advocates in the Delhi High Court.
In his welcome address, Justice S Ravindra Bhatt, who would now assume the position of the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court till Justice Rajendra Menon is sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, remarked that Justice Mittal “would be sorely missed”. He also recalled her tremendous contribution to the cause of social justice and upliftment of the marginalized.
Calling Justice Mittal “resolute, compassionate and industrious“, Additional Solicitor General of India Maninder Kaur Acharya said that her departure from the Delhi High Court would leave a void that would be hard to fill.
“She has a brilliant mind and a heart full of empathy”, ASG Acharya said.
“You have done us proud”, remarked Delhi High Court Bar Association President Kirti Uppal who went on to call Justice Mittal a “guiding force for Delhiites”.
“She is a song.. depending on her mood. But she is Bhagwad Gita for a lot of people”, said Uppal.
Referring to Justice Mittal’s journey from being a first-generation lawyer to a judge of a High Court and then being elevated to the position of Chief Justice, Uppal said that Delhi High Court has dispelled notions that only sons and daughters of judges and lawyers can flourish in the profession.
Born on December 9, 1958, Justice Mittal completed her LLB from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University in 1981. After being elevated from the Bar as an Additional Judge of Delhi High Court on July 16, 2004, Justice Mittal was confirmed as a permanent judge on February 20, 2006.
She was appointed Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on April 14, 2017.