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January 02, 2019

SC Justice AK Sikri nominated Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority


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As per a recent Notification issued by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Hon’ble Justice AK Sikri, Judge, Supreme Court of India, was nominated as the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority with effect from December 31, 2018.

The Notification read, “In exercise of the powers conferred under Clause (b) of sub-section (2) of Section 3 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, the President is pleased to nominate Hon’ble Shri Justice A.K. Sikri, Judge, Supreme Court of India, as Executive Chairman, National Legal Services Authority, with effect from December 31, 2018.”

Earlier, in November 2018, Justice Sikri was also nominated as Chairman of the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee with effect from November 30, 2018.

Justice Sikri is a Judge of the Supreme Court of India. He has an excellent academic record. He has conducted cases of all types with specialization in Arbitration and Commercial matters, Constitutional cases, and Labour – Service matters. He was Counsel for numerous Public Sector Undertakings, Banks & Financial Institutions, Educational Institutions, and Private Sector Corporations.

Justice Sikri was also a part-time lecturer in Campus Law Centre, Delhi University (1984-89); Vice-President, Delhi High Court Bar Association in 1994-95; Member of the Governing Body of various colleges from time to time; Designated as Senior Advocate by the Delhi High Court on September 30, 1997; and Appointed as Judge of the Delhi High Court on July 7, 1999. As a Judge, Justice Sikri has dealt with all kinds of jurisdictions. He has sat on the Commercial Bench, IPR Bench, and Insolvency Bench for a number of years and gave many landmark judgments.

Justice Sikri was chosen as one of the 50 most influential persons in Intellectual Property in the world by a leading prestigious international organization for the year 2007 in recognition to his contribution to the growth of Intellectual Property Laws through his judgments.

Justice Sikri became the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court on October 10, 2011 and was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 23, 2012. Justice Sikri was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India on April 12, 2013.

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