(a) Born on 19-04-1954 at village Arihal in Pulwama district, Justice Bhat passed Matriculation from Government High School, Hawal when he was below 14 years. He did graduation from Amar Singh College, Srinagar in 1972 and obtained his Law Degree from University of Kashmir in 1974.(b) He was enrolled as pleader with Bar Association Srinagar on 15.01.1975. He practiced in Civil, Criminal and Revenue Courts until selection in KCS Judicial. He joined as Munsiff on 17.11.1982 and was promoted as Sub Judge on 29.06.1989. He served as CJM, Jammu till his induction in the Higher Judicial Service in August 1999.
(c) He served as Principal District and Sessions Judge in both capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar besides at Poonch, Reasi and Kathua. He also served as Presiding Officer of Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal, Jammu for a year. He also served for two tenures as Special Judge Anti-Corruption Jammu and was appointed as Special Judge of the newly created Anti-Corruption Court for trial of CBI cases on 18.08.2011 where he served till his elevation.
(d) He contributed to development of law by delivering many landmark judgments and settled thousands of disputes as Presiding Officer of the Permanent Lok Adalat. He regularly contributed to SJA Newsletter and raised the standard of legal education by delivering lectures in the State Judicial Academy and Faculty of Law, University of Jammu.
(e) He was appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir on 08.03.2013 and appointed as permanent Judge on 26.09.2014. During his tenure, he delivered several reportable judgments.
(f) He was appointed as the President of J&K State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (JKSCDRC) in December, 2016. But had to resign after 19 days as he was appointed as Judicial Member in the newly set up Armed Forces Tribunal, Regional Bench Srinagar at Jammu.
(g) He assumed charge as Judicial Member, Armed Forces Tribunal on 12.01.2017 and presided over Benches at Chandigarh, Shimla, Jaipur and Delhi besides that of Jammu. Contributed in a big way by disposing of several thousands of cases, in a short span of 9 months. He resigned from the position after being appointed as Judicial Member of National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, New Delhi on 17.10.2017.
(h) Presently, he is functioning as Acting Chairperson of National Company Law Appellate Tribunal since 15.03.2020. During his tenure in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal he has delivered many landmark Judgments immensely contributing to the development of Insolvency Jurisprudence and growth of Company and Competition law.
(i) He was a Member of the Bench which envisaged implementation of Section 230 of Companies Act, 2013 at the stage of liquidation under IBC, ensuring revival of the Corporate Debtor even after passing of liquidation order. He was also a Member of the Bench which introduced the concept of ‘Reverse Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process’ for the benefit of allottees and real estate sector.
(j) During the unprecedented nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19 Pandemic, he as the Acting Chairperson of NCLAT efficiently supervised the transition of court proceedings from physical to virtual mode and ensured undeterred deliverance of justice.
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