New Delhi Aug 31(ILNS): Justice Vikram Nath was born on September 24, 1962, in the Kaushambi district in Uttar Pradesh. He completed his graduation as a Bachelor of Science in 1983 and completed his LL.B. in 1986. Following the footsteps of his ancestors, Justice Nath enrolled as an Advocate on March 30, 1987, becoming a fourth-generation advocate. He practiced at the Allahabad High Court for over 17 years in Civil, Revenue, Constitutional, Company, and Service matters and has specialized in Company, Revenue, and Civil Matters.
On September 24, 2004, he was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Allahabad High Court and on February 27, 2006, Justice Nath was appointed as a Permanent Judge of the Allahabad High Court. After serving the judiciary for 15 years, he was elevated as the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court on September 10, 2019
The Supreme Court had initially recommended Justice Vikram Nath to be appointed as the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court, but on the request of the Central Government, the apex court changed its recommendation, to elevate him as the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court.
The Supreme Court Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Justice N.V. Ramana, recommended the name of Justice Vikram Nath, Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court, to be elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court.
Justice Nath is the first Chief Justice of a High Court in India to live-stream its proceedings on Youtube during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Justice Vikram Nath in “In Re: Uncontrolled Upsurge and Serious Management in Covid Control” took up suo motu proceedings during the second wave of the pandemic in the State of Gujarat, where he expressed his concern with certain policies of the state government and pressed the State Government over the scarcity of beds and Remdesivir injections, apart from queuing up of ambulances outside the Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad. As a result of the tough stand of Gujarat High Court led by Chief Justice Vikram Nath, the State Government undertook a variety of measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Justice Vikram Nath, as the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court, paid an impromptu visit at the newly-relocated Central Filing Centre (CFC) in the Gujarat High Court premises, to get a first-hand experience of the procedure of filing nowadays.
Recently in Jamiat Ulama-E-Hind Gujarat v. the State Of Gujarat, the division bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Biren Vaishnav stayed certain key provisions of The Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act 2021, observing “Prima facie, interfaith marriages between two consenting adults by operation of the provisions of Section 3 of the 2003 Act, interferes with the intricacies of marriage, including the Right to Choice of an individual, thereby infringing Article 21 of the Constitution of India.”
The bench observed that certain provisions of The Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act 2021, also known as the Love-Jihad law, were putting interfaith marriages of consenting adults in great jeopardy.
In Heritage Trust v. Union of India, a Public Interest Litigation pertaining to the preservation of Pratap Vilas Palace, the residence of Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad, the last Maharaja of Baroda, Justice Vikram Nath recalled a judgment by the Allahabad High Court, relating to Alfred Park, Allahabad that has resulted in saving the lungs of Allahabad city, drawing parallels with Vadodara’s green cover around the Pratap Vilas Palace. The Division Bench of Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Ashutosh J. Shastri observed “The decades-old trees serve as lungs of the city were replacing with new saplings which would not serve the same purpose as mature trees do.” In this context, his Lordship recalled a similar imbroglio in his parent Allahabad High Court more than 35 years ago in Arun Kumar v. Mahanagar Palika, Allahabad, and Ors. The High Court went on to dismiss the PIL filed against the construction of a four story building near Pratap Vilas Palace, currently owned by the Indian Railways./ILNS