Uttarakhand High Court

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Uttarakhand High Court
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Established9 November 2000
LocationNainital, Uttarakhand
Coordinates29°23′45″N 79°26′52″E / 29.3958°N 79.4477°E / 29.3958; 79.4477Coordinates: 29°23′45″N 79°26′52″E / 29.3958°N 79.4477°E / 29.3958; 79.4477
Composition methodPresidential with confirmation of Chief Justice of India and Governor of Uttarakhand
Authorized byConstitution of India
Appeals toSupreme Court of India
Judge term lengthmandatory retirement by age of 62
Number of positions11
(9 Permanent Judges + 2 Additional Judges)
WebsiteUttarakhand High Court
Chief Justice
CurrentlyRamesh Ranganathan
Since2 November 2018

The Uttarakhand High Court is the High Court of the state of Uttarakhand in India. The Uttarakhand State was carved out from the State of Uttar Pradesh on 9 November 2000 under the Uttar Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2000. At the time of the creation of the State, the High Court of Uttarakhand was also established on the same day at Nainital.[1]

The sanctioned judge strength at the time of creation in 2000 was 7; this was increased to 9 in 2003. Justice Ashok Desai was the inaugural holder of the office. Former Chief Justices of Uttarakhand Sarosh Homi Kapadia and Jagdish Singh Khehar later went on to become Chief Justice of India. Ramesh Ranganathan is the current Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court. He assumed office on 2 November 2018.

List of sitting judges of the Uttarakhand High Court[edit]

There are currently ten sitting judges including the Chief Justice, with one post lying vacant . [2] Following is the list of the current serving judges of the Uttarakhand High Court, ordered by seniority.

Name Date of Appointment Date of Retirement Type of Vacancy State/Union Territory
Permanent Judges
1 Ramesh Ranganathan
(Chief Justice)
26 May 2005
(2 November 2018 as CJ)
27 July 2020 Bar Delhi
2 Sudhanshu Dhulia 1 November 2008 9 August 2022 Bar Uttarakhand
3 Alok Singh 12 October 2009 27 April 2021 Bar Uttarakhand
4 Lok Pal Singh 9 May 2017 14 February 2021 Bar Uttarakhand
5 Manoj Kumar Tiwari 9 May 2017 18 September 2027 Bar Uttarakhand
7 Narayan Singh Dhanik 3 December 2018 19 May 2022 Bench Uttarakhand
8 Ramesh Chandra Khulbe 3 December 2018 2 January 2023 Bench Uttarakhand
9 Ravindra Maithani 3 December 2018 24 June 2027 Bench Uttarakhand
Additional Judges
10 Alok Kumar Verma 27 May 2019 15 August 2026 Bench Uttarakhand
11 Vacant N/A N/A N/A N/A

Registrar General[edit]

Hira Singh Bonal is the current Registrar General of the Uttarakhand High Court. He Assumed office on 29 June 2019.

Notable cases[edit]

Uttarakhand High Court mandated that the river Ganges and Yamuna as well as all water bodies are "living entities" i.e. "legal person" and appointed 3 humans as trustees to protect the rights of rivers against the pollution caused by the humans, e.g. "pilgrims's bathing rituals".[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Uttaranchal High Court Inaugurated". Zee News. 9 November 2000.
  2. ^ Sitting judges of the Uttarakhand High Court
  3. ^ Birds to holy rivers: A list of everything India considers “legal persons”, Quartz (publication), September 2019.

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