Justice Shah, born on September 9, 1953 in Gujarat, assumed office of the Chief Justice of the high court on June 26, 2010.
During his five-year long tenure as the Chief Justice, he took suo-motu cognizance of various social issues in Maharashtra, including condition of roads, of shelter homes, and providing education and other facilities to students with learning disabilities.
He started as a lawyer in the Gujarat High Court in 1976 and was elevated as a judge in the Gujarat High Court in September 1995.
He was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court on December 24, 2009 after which he assumed office of the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.
"I have served five years as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court. From my experience I feel the people here (in Mumbai) have a better sense of social responsibility and civic sense," he told reporters.
"I feel that we should test the efficacy of a law from a common man's point of view. It should meet the expectations of the common man and not judges and lawyers," Justice Shah added.
Justice VK Tahilramani has been appointed as the acting Chief Justice till a regular appointment is made.
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