The post of the chief justice was vacant following Vikramjit Sen’s elevation to the Supreme Court and senior judge K Sreedhar Rao was acting chief justice for nearly two months.
Justice Waghela will take over as the new chief justice of Karnataka at a brief swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan on March 7. Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj will administrate the oath of office to justice Waghela.
Justice Waghela was born on August 11, 1954 at Rajkot. He was enrolled as advocate on November 28, 1975 with the Bar Council of Gujarat and started practice as an advocate in Rajkot. During his legal avocation in Rajkot, he represented many poor workmen and trade unions in labour courts. He was elected secretary of labour law practitioners’ association for several successive years and also appeared in Gujarat high court since 1989.
He shifted to Ahmedabad in 1994 and established lucrative practice in the Gujarat high court.
He was elevated to the bench of the Gujarat high court as additional judge on September 17, 1999 and confirmed as permanent judge on June 18, 2001.