3 newly appointed Orissa High Court judges take oath

Cuttack: The three new judges of Orissa High Court, V. Narasingh, Biraja Prasanna Satapathy and Murahari Sri Raman, administered the oath of office by Chief Justice S Muralidhar on Monday.

The swearing-in ceremony was held in the High Court’s conference hall at 9.30 am amid Covid protocols with a limited number of participants.

The Supreme Court Collegium had recommended the appointment of lawyers V. Narasingh, Biraja Prasanna Satapathy and Murahari Sri Raman as judges of the Orissa High Court. An announcement was made by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice after receiving the President’s approval.

“In exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint V. Narasingh, Biraja Prasanna Satapathy and Murahari Sri Raman, to be Judges of the Orissa High Court, in the order of seniority, with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices,” said the Additional Secretary to the Government of India, in a press release.

V. Narasingh, born on January 14, 1967, is the son of the late Justice V. Gopal Swamy, a former High Court judge. After completing his 10th board from Unit 1 Government Boys’ School in Bhubaneswar, he completed his bachelor’s degree in commerce from BJB College. Following this, he studied bachelor’s and master’s degree of law from Madhusudan Law College, Cuttack.

He even taught for a few days at Madhusudan Law College and later he began practicing law in 1979. He was appointed by the state and central governments as a Standing Counsel. He was also appointed by the CBI to handle the cases.

He was appointed as a special lawyer by the state government in the Justice AS Naidu commission. He has been handling cases for the General Insurance Company, Airport Authority of India, NHAI, along with many central and state government institutions.

Biraja Prasanna Satapathy is the son of freedom fighter late Bhagwan Satapathy and Prabhabati Satapathy. He graduated from Tirtol High School in 1981. He holds an I.com, B.Com (Honors) and an M.Com degree from Ravenshaw College.

Later in 1993, he began his law career. He has handled many cases on behalf many financially vulnerable individuals.

Murahari Sri Raman, born on June 8, 1970, is the son of M.R.V Rao and Anasuya Devi. Later in 1997, he began his law career. He was appointed Additional Standing Counsel of the Department of Commerce in 2009. He assisted his father MRV Rao in compiling a book on commercial law.

Notably, with the appointment of the three Judges, the number of Judges of the High Court rose to 21.

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