Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar was sworn in as the 22nd Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh by Governor Ram Naresh Yadav at Raj Bhavan, Bhopal on 24 November 2013. He was appointed by President of India, under the Article 217 of the Constitution of India.
Justice Khanwilkar was earlier the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh and has also been a judge in the Bombay High Court. He was preceded by Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde who was elevated to the Supreme Court in April 2013.
Justice Khanwilkar will take office at the principal seat of the MP High Court in Jabalpur on 26 November 2013.
Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar was born on 30 July, 1957 at Pune, Maharashtra. He completed Bachelor of Commerce from Mulund College of Commerce, Mumbai University. Bachelor of Laws from K.C. Law College,Mumbai University. He Enrolled as Advocate on 10 February, 1982.
According to clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India every Chief Justice of the High Court shall be appointed by the President of India after consultation with the Chief Justice of India and the Governor of the concerned State. In the case of appointment of a Judge of the High court, the President will also consult the concerned Chief Justice High Court.