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Justice Pattanaik sworn-in as new CJI

Press Trust of India

Posted: Nov 08, 2002 at 1203 hrs IST

Justice Gopal Ballav Pattanaik on Friday took over as the new Chief Justice of India (CJI) after President a P J Abdul Kalam administered oath of office to him at an impressive ceremony at Ashoka Hall in the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Justice Pattanaik, who will have a short tenure of one- and-a-half months, took oath in the name of god to become the 32nd CJI.

The ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, Law Minister Jana Krishnamurthy and other cabinet ministers.

The Supreme Court and High Court judges, former Chief Justices of India, Solicitor General Kirit Raval and other leading advocates also attended the brief ceremony.

Justice Pattanaik stated his career in law on February 28, 1962 when he enrolled as an advocate and practiced civil, criminal and company cases in the Orissa High Court.

He was appointed a judge of the Orissa High Court on June, 1, 1983 and became the Chief Justice of Patna High Court on may 19, 1995. He was elevated to the Supreme Court on September 11, 1995 and is due to retire on December 19, 2002.

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