Patna HC gets first female Chief Justice


Prime VIP
Patna, June 21

Justice Rekha Manharlal Doshit was today sworn in as the first woman Chief Justice of the Patna High Court. Governor D Konwar administered the oath to Justice Doshit, 58 who was earlier a judge at the Gujarat High Court, at a simple function at the Raj Bhavan.

Born on December 13, 1952 at Rajkot, Doshit did her schooling from the Maharashtra Board and B.Sc. from Bombay University. Following this, she did her L.LB from Shah Law College, Ahmedabad, in 1976 and subsequently enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Gujarat in April 1977.

She worked as an assistant to government solicitors from June 1985 and as assistant government pleader at Gujarat High Court from January 1989 to May 1994. She became additional public prosecutor in the same court in March 1991 and continued till May 1994. She was elevated to the bench of the Gujarat High Court as additional judge in September 1995, and confirmed as permanent judge in June 1997.

The post of the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court fell vacant after Justice Dipak Misra took over as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court recently.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi, besides other ministers and top state officials attended the swearing-in ceremony. — PTI