The Chief Justice and the Judges of the High Court of Orissa
The sanctioned strength of the High Court of Orissa which stood at 27 throughout 2021 rose to 33 Judges in February 2022. After the transfer of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq to the Madhya Pradesh High Court as Chief Justice, on 3rd January 2021, Dr. S. Muralidhar was sworn in as the Chief Justice.
With the retirement of Justice Pramath Patnaik on 14th June, 2021 and Justice Kumari Sanju Panda on 9th July 2021, the working strength came down to 13 Judges. It further came down to 12 on 7th October with the transfer of Justice Sanjay Kumar Mishra to the Uttarakhand High Court.
It rose to 14 on 8th October 2021, when Justice Jaswant Singh of the High Court of Punjab & Haryana and Justice Arindam Sinha of the Calcutta High Court were sworn in as Judges of this Court on their transfer.
The working strength further rose to 17 on 19th October, 2021 when Justice M.S. Sahoo from the Bar and Justice R.K.Pattanaik and Justice Sashikanta Mishra from the cadre of District Judge were sworn in on their elevation to this Court. With the swearing in of Justice A.K. Mohapatra from the Bar as Judge of this Court on 5th November 2021, the working strength stood at 18.
It further rose to 21 on 14th February, 2022 with the swearing in of Justice V.Narasingh, Justice Biraja Prasanna Satapathy and Justice Murahari Sri Raman as Judges.