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Judge who granted living entity status to Ganga, is now Uttarakhand Chief Justice

Justice Rajiv Verma, who is known for his landmark judgments such as granting living entity status to river Ganga and animal kingdom, was appointed as chief justice of Uttarakhand high court on Monday. A notification was issued by the Union ministry of law and justice that the appointment has been made after the elevation of formal Uttarakhand chief justice KM Joseph was elevated to Supreme Court.

Justice Sharma joined the Himachal Pradesh High Court in 2002. He was appointed as additional judge of high court in 2007 and became a permanent judge in March 2013. After assuming office in September 2016, he was transferred to Uttarakhand high court. With career spanning almost two decades, Justice Rajiv Sharma have so far decided more than 75,000 cases.

Apart from granting living entity status to river Ganga and animal kingdom, justice Sharma has also delivered important judgments such as abolishing of 150-year old Patwari system in Uttarakhand and solitary confinement of death penalty convicts. He has also issued various reformist orders in education and health sectors. He was also the part of the division bench that ordered the state government to remove illegal encroachments in Dehradun within 4 weeks.

Inputs from Times of India