Urmila Singh, Governor administered the oath of office to Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir as the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court in a simple but impressive ceremony held at Rajbhawan here today. Virbhadra Singh Chief Minister and his wife former MP Smt Pratibha Singh were also present on the occasion.P. Mitra, Chief Secretary conducted the proceedings and read out the warrant of appointment.Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir was born on 25th April 1955 at Village Rajpora, District Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir. He obtained Bachelors Degree (B.A.) from Amar Singh College in 1976 and L.LB. in 1978 from Kashmir University. He joined the Bar in the same year and practiced in almost all branches of the law viz. Civil, Criminal, Revenue etc. at District Court, Pulwama till 26.05.1993.
He appeared in Higher Judicial Services Examination, Jammu & Kashmir in 1992 and secured 1st position in the State. He was appointed and posted as Principal District and Sessions Judge, Kupwara on 27th May, 1993 and made functional the Court at District Kupwara. He was posted as Principal District & Sessions Judge, Anantnag for three years, where, the Courts witnessed a rapid disposal rate and the administrative set up was put back on the track. In 1998, he was transferred as Presiding Officer, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal & Transport Appellate Authority, Srinagar and remained posted for two years. He was posted as Principal District & Sessions Judge, Budgam till May, 2002.
He has the distinction of being the first Judicial Officer to be posted as Presiding Officer, Designated Court of TADA/Special Judge, POTA for Kashmir pision in May 2002, where he remained posted for two years till September, 2004. He was posted as Principal District & Sessions Judge, Srinagar in September, 2004, till his elevation as Additional Judge of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir. He was appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir on 31.01.2005 and later as Permanent Judge of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir on 07.07.2007. He delivered landmark judgments in all branches of the law and decided 37000 cases from 31.01.2005 to 24.11.2013. He was transferred to the High Court of Himachal Pradesh and took over as Acting Chief Justice on 26.11.2013 and remained as such upto 18.06.2014. During this short stint, he decided 4134 cases (3928 in pision Bench and 206 in Single Bench).He was honoured with the award of AMERICAN MEDAL OF HONOR IN 2004 by the “The American Biographical Institute Board of International Research” for his meritorious service to entire community and outstanding professional achievements.
G S Bali, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister, Shri Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Forest Minister, Shri Sudhir Sharma, Urban Development Minister, Shri Anil Sharma, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister, Shri Prem Kumar Dhumal, Leader of Opposition, Shri I.D Lakhanpal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, MLAs, former MLAs, Shri Sanjay Chauhan Mayor, Shri Tikender Panwar, Deputy Mayor, Judges of H P High Court and Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Shri L. S. Panta, Lokayukta, Shri K. S Tomar, Chairman H P Public Service Commission, Chairmen of Various Boards and Corporations, Shri Sharwan Dogra, Advocate General, Judges of lower Courts, Retd. Judges, Shri Sanjay Kumar, DGP, Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, Members of Bar Council, Senior officers of State Government were present on the occasion.