Himachal Pradesh High Court (List of Chief Justices)

Himachal Pradesh High Court (List of Chief Justices)
Himachal Pradesh High Court is the highest court of appeal in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It came to existence when Himachal Pradesh became the 16th state of India on 25 January 1971 with its headquarter at Shimla and having one Chief Justice and two Judges. As of now, the total strength of High Court Judges including Chief Justice is 13.

However, the history of Himachal Pradesh High Court can be traced back to 1948 when Himachal Pradesh was carved out by joining 26 hilly princely states of Shimla and 4 hilly states of Punjab. Then Government of India promulgated Himachal Pradesh (Courts) Order, 1948 on 15 August 1948, by which the Court of Judicial Commissioner was established for Himachal Pradesh. The Court was vested with the powers of a High Court under the Judicial Commissioner's Court Act, 1950 and started functioning on 15 August 1948. The Punjab High Court rules and orders with suitable amendments were made applicable.

In 1966, with the enactment of Delhi High Court Act, the Court of Judicial Commissioner of Himachal Pradesh came under the juridiction of Delhi High Court.

However, when the State of Himachal Pradesh Act was passed by Government of India, the Court of Judicial Commissioner of Himachal Pradesh became the High Court of Himachal Pradesh.

M H Beg was appointed as the first chief justice of High Court of Himachal Pradesh. Later, Leila Seth became the first woman chief justice of High Court of Himachal Pradesh in 1991. As of now, V. Ramasubramanian is the sitting Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.

List of Chief Justices of Himachal Pradesh High Court
S NoNameFromTo
1MH Beg25 January 19719 December 1971
2RS Pathak18 March 197219 February 1978
3TU Mehta20 February 197811 December 1979
4VD Misra12 December 197930 September 1983
5Prabodh Dinkarrao Desai23 December 198313 November 1988
6Narendra Mohan Kasliwal29 March 19895 October 1989
7PCB Menon6 November 198914 January 1991
8Leila Seth5 August 199120 October 1992
9Shashi Kant Seth22 June 199328 August 1993
10Viswanathan Ratnam29 January 19941 August 1994
11GC Gupta17 September 19941 March 1995
12Sailendu Nath Phukan1 March 19951 August 1996
13M Srinivasan1 August 199624 September 1997
14Makani Narayana Rao6 November 199722 April 1998
15Doraiswamy Raju1 July 199828 January 2000
16CK Thakker5 May 200030 December 2001
17WA Shishak24 January 20021 January 2003
18VK Gupta8 March 20032 February 2008
19Jagadish Bhalla2 February 20087 August 2009
20Kurian Joseph8 February 20106 March 2013
21AM Khanwilkar5 April 201324 November 2013
22Mansoor Ahmad Mir18 June 201424 April 2017
23Surya Kant5 October 201824 May 2019
24V Ramasubramanian22 June 2019Incumbent