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Permanent Indian judge at ICJ after 21 years

He got the support of 13 out of the 15 members of the Security Council.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 28, 2012 1:59:00 am

Supreme Court Judge Justice Dalveer Bhandari on Friday became the second Indian in over two decades to be elected as Permanent Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ),a position based at The Hague,Netherlands.

He defeated Florentino Feliciano of the Philippines 122-58 in the UN General Assembly. He got the support of 13 out of the 15 members of the Security Council.

Justice Bhandari,expected to resign from his SC post before his scheduled retirement on September 30,is the first Indian in 21 years to get a permanent term at the ICJ,with the last one being Justice R S Pathak.

The ICJ post had fallen vacant after Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh resigned in October last year to take over as Prime Minister.

Student moves HC for sex change operation

A Guwahati student,who claims he is a woman trapped in a man’s body,moved the Bombay High Court on Friday seeking the court’s intervention to help him undergo a sex change operation.

His lawyer Ejaz Naqvi mentioned the case before Chief Justice Mohit Shah,who assigned the case to a division Bench headed by Justice S J Vazifdar. The petition will now be heard on April 30.

Bidhan Barua claims his parents are opposing and deliberately thwarting his sex change surgery through threats. They allegedly threatened doctors at Saifee Hospital on Charni Road on April 17,forcing them not to perform a surgery on him. According to his application,the doctors subsequently refused to operate on him until he gets an order from the High Court.

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