Arjan Kumar Sikri

Term

12th Apr 2013 - 6th Mar 2019

Justice Sikri has had an excellent academic record. He pursued his LL.B from Law Faculty, Delhi University in the year 1977, during which he also served as the president of Campus Law Centre. He was a member of the Academic Council and of various committees of Delhi University. He secured the Gold Medal for attaining the first position in LL.B. He was also awarded a special prize for getting the highest marks in Constitutional Law. He pursued his LL.M from Delhi University and secured the first position in the course.

Just Sikri enrolled as an advocate in July 1977 with the Bar Council of Delhi and started practicing in Delhi. He specialised in Constitutional cases, labour law, and arbitration matters. He has represented numerous public sector undertakings, educational institutions, banks and financial institutions, and various private sector corporations. He was also a part-time lecturer in Campus Law Centre, Delhi University from 1984 1989). He served as Vice-President at the Delhi High Court Bar Association in 1994-95. He was designated as a Senior Advocate by the Delhi High Court on 30th September, 1997.

He was chosen as one of the 50 most influential persons in Intellectual Property in the world in the survey conducted by Managing Intellectual Property Association (MIPA) for the year 2007.

He was appointed as a Judge of the Delhi High Court on 7th July, 1999. He was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court on 10th October 2011 and elevated as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on 23rd September 2012. He was elevated to the Supreme Court of India on 12th April 2013.

He has been conferred Doctorate of Laws, Honoris Causa, by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, in November 2013.

He is currently a Member of the Academic Council of the National Judicial Academy. He has been nominated as the member of the Committee on Restatement of Law by the Chief Justice of India.

He is also a Member of the International Law Association (India Branch), a Member of the Executive Council of National Law School of India University, and a Member of the Directorate of Legal Studies and Law Reforms Committee set up by Bar Council of India.

Notable Judgements:

In 2013, a Punjab and Haryana High Court Bench which included Justice Sikri upheld the appointment of Director General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini who was chargesheeted in a criminal case by a CBI court in Delhi holding that he was “legally competent” to hold his present position.

He headed the division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court which issued notice to the Ministry of External Affairs of India, taking cognizance of a Public Interest Litigation application seeking release of two prisoners from Punjab, languishing in Pakistan jails even after completion of their sentence.

He headed the division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court which issued directions to the Punjab and Haryana and Chandigarh administrations to curb the menace of crime against women. He had pointed out that Judges should be sensitized on delivering speedy justice in cases related to crime against women, elders, children and discrimination against HIV-infected persons.

He was part of the Supreme Court bench which issued guidelines with regard to ‘carriage’ by persons with disabilities and/or persons with reduced mobility and observed that People with disabilities also have the Right to dignity. The bench asked SpiceJet Ltd to pay Rupees Ten Lakh to Jeeja Ghosh, an eminent activist involved in disability rights, for forcibly de-boarding her by the flight crew, because of her disability.

He headed the Supreme Court bench which found Satish Nirankari, a man who survived a suicide attempt with the woman he loved, not guilty, noting that the threat of honour crimes by their families could ‘force lovers to choose suicide as an option’. The Court held that if, in the process, one survived, and tried to seek medical help for himself and the deceased, he cannot be held guilty of murder.

He is a part of the Bench which is hearing the PIL seeking for restrictions on use of firecrackers in Delhi. In 2016, the bench passed an order banning the sale and stocking of all kinds of firecrackers, as well as a halt in the issuing of fresh licenses for the same.

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