Sushil Kukreja tops top judicial services review : The Tribune India

Legal Correspondent

Shimla, July 26

The Supreme Court panel has recommended the names of two bailiffs, Sushil Kukreja and Virender Singh, to be appointed judges of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh.

The High Court, at present, operates with nine judges against a sanctioned complement of 17. The complement of the High Court has recently been increased from 13 to 17 judges, consisting of 13 permanent judges and four additional judges.

Kukreja currently serves as a district and session judge in Shimla. He was born on April 14, 1967. He did his initial education in Shimla and graduated with a law degree (LLB) from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla in 1989.

He ranked first in the Himachal Pradesh Senior Judicial Service Examination held in 2004 and secured his first post as a District and Additional Sessions Judge at Nahan in Sirmaur. Subsequently, he served in the same capacity at Rampur Bushahr and Kullu. He was also Chairman of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mandi, Kullu and Lahaul Spiti in 2008.

He served as President of HP Industrial Tribunal-cum-Labour Court, Shimla, in July 2015. Subsequently, he was appointed Registrar, Lokayukta, Himachal Pradesh, in December 2018.

Virender Singh, Registrar General of HP High Court

The other magistrate, Virender Singh, currently serves as Registrar General of the High Court. He was born in Solan on November 14, 1966. He did his initial education in Shimla and Kinnaur. He registered as a member of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana in September 1991 and commenced practice in Jagadhari District Courts, Yamunanagar in 1992.

He was selected in the senior judicial services and was appointed as an additional district and session judge in Una in 2006. He has served as a district and session judge in Chamba, Kullu, Mandi, Una and Dharamsala. He was also a member secretary of the Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority and assumed the office of District and Sessions Judge in Shimla on 1 October 2014.

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Mark M. Gagnon