Mediation and Conciliation Centre Punjab and Haryana High Court

HHon’ble Mr. Justice A.B. Chaudhari

abchaudharijBorn on 2nd April, 1957 at Wardha. A graduate in Science, obtained degree in Law from Government Law College, Mumbai. Enrolled as an Advocate on 5th November, 1979 and practised in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Revenue, Excise, Co-operative, Local Laws, Industrial Labour and Service Laws in Bombay High Court and Tribunals. Represented prominent institutions, Zilla Parishads, Municipal Councils, Government Corporations. Since 1992, worked as Additional Central Government Standing Counsel. On 3rd February, 2005, Government of Maharashtra appointed him as Government Pleader, and on 7th February, 2005 Government of India appointed him as Assistant Solicitor General of India at the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court. Appointed as an Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court on 8th September, 2006.  Appointed as Judge of the Bombay High Court on 5th September, 2008.  Consequent upon transfer, he assumed charge as Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, on 11th April 2016.

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ajay Tewari

j.ajaytewarijBelonged in a family involved in the legal profession, his father as well as grandfather were advocates who practiced in the Patiala courts. He obtained a LLB from Punjab university and went onto earn a LLM from Punjab university. His subjects of specialisations include civil laws, constitutional laws, taxation, labour laws. He has practiced in the courts for over 25 years. He has also had multiple stints in the field of academia, where he has been a part time lecturer at army institute of law, and at the department of laws, Punjab university.

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Gurmeet Singh Sandhawalia

j.gssandhawaliaHis Lordship was born on November 1, 1965 and did B.A.(Hons.) from DAV College, Chandigarh in 1986 and his L.L.B from the Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1989. His Lordship was enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh in August in the same year. His Lordship has represented the Union Territory, Chandigarh Administration, Panjab University, Chandigarh, the Official Liquidator attached to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Punjab Financial Corporation, the Punjab State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (MARKFED), Punjab State Electricity Board, Food Corporation of India, Punjab State Agricultural and Marketing Board, Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation and the Punjab and Haryana High Court. His Lordship has handled a mixed bag of work pertaining to Criminal, Civil, Service,Land Acquisition and Constitutional law on the private side besides being on the panel of the aforesaid institutions. His Lordship has been a sportsman during his College days representing his College and University in the sport of Lawn Tennis. His Lordship belongs to a legal family as his Lordship’s father was Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court From 1978 to 1983, and of the Patna High Court from 1983 to 1987. His Lordship was elevated to the Bench on September 30, 2011, as an additional Judge and became permanent judge of this Court on January 24, 2014. His Lordship is a member of the Mediation and Conciliation Committee and RTI Committee and had remained a member of Vigilance/Disciplinary Committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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In Association with

Varuna Bhandari Gugnani


Varuna Bhandari Gugnani, a practising advocate at Supreme Court of India.A mediator in Supreme Court Mediation Centre, and a mediator Punjab & Haryana High Court Mediation Centre. A Mediator for Delhi Dispute Resolution Society, Department ofLaw, Justice and Legal Affairs, Government of NCT Delhi, and a distinguished trainer with MCPC (Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee)She has been involved in the practice of Mediation since 2010 and is an acting as Mediator at Supreme Court Mediation Centre, New Delhi. Acting as Mediator at Punjab and Haryana High Court Mediation Centre, Chandigarh acting as Mediator at Delhi Dispute Resolution Society (DDRS), Govt. of NCT Delhi. She has successfully conducted mediations as a Private Mediator and also hosting website. She has been involved in the practice of Mediation since 2010 and is an acting as Mediator at Supreme Court Mediation Centre, New Delhi. Acting as Mediator at Punjab and Haryana High Court Mediation Centre, Chandigarh acting as Mediator at Delhi Dispute Resolution Society (DDRS), Govt. of NCT Delhi. She has successfully conducted mediations as a Private Mediator and also hosting website. She has undergone training on concept and techniques of mediation conducted by Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee Supreme Court of India. She holds the distinction of solving more than 100 matters through Mediation while working as Mediator at Delhi, Dispute Resolution Society (DDRS).

Anil Xavier


Anil Xavier is a practising lawyer since 1991. He has been involved in multi-party complex civil / business/commercial / corporate mediations and arbitrations. He is the President of the Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation (IIAM), Vice President of the India International ADR Association (IIADRA) and Executive Committee member of the ADR Law Section of the Indian National Bar Association (INBA).He is the Chairman of the Accreditation Committee of the Asian Mediation Association, Hong Kong to prepare mediation guidelines for AMA Member countries. He is the first IMI Certified Mediator from India and empanelled as International Accredited Mediator of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), Singapore and the Florence International Mediation Chamber (FIMC) of the Chamber of Commerce, Italy.  He is nominated as one of the world’s leading practitioner in the field of ADR by Who’s Who Legal 2016, London, UK. Was instrumental in developing Community Mediation Service by IIAM and is a member of the CMS Public Committee implementing Community Mediation Clinics in India. He is a member of the Editorial Board of “ADR World”, e-magazine of the India International ADR Association and a member of the Advisory Council of online law journal, “International Journal of Advanced Research in Law and Social Science” of the Lords Advocate, India.

Anuroop Omkar


Anuroop Omkar is an advocate and mediator. He is the director and promoter of Bridge Mediation and Consulting Pvt. Ltd. India (BMCPL). He is a partner with AK & Partners (Law Firm). He holds a B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, India.He is a professional Mediator and Negotiator trained from U.S.A and Europe. He has co-authored the Indian legal best seller titled “The Art of Negotiation and Mediation- Wishbone, Funnybone & a backbone” published by LexisNexis in 2015. He is the youngest appointed mediator at Delhi Dispute Resolution Society, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of Delhi.He was instrumental in the drafting of the mediation rules under Indian Companies Act. He is the Trainer and course consultant to Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India for a training program on commercial mediation and negotiation. He is a life member of International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR), Ministry of Law and Justice. He is an Expert Contributor for NCLT & NCLAT Member Induction Training Programme on Mergers and Acquisitions and Alternate Dispute Resolution. He is a visiting faculty to SIDBI MSME International Training Institute (SITI), Bhubaneswar, and National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA). He is an empanelled mediator with the National Company Law Tribunal.


About Chandigarh Judicial Academy


An institution takes birth by virtue of thoughts, which dwelt in the mind of a person with versatile vision. The thought of imparting “Judicial Education” came in the minds of various persons in the country, the formalisation thereof was mandated by The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India to establish “an institute” needs to be set up for imparting “Judicial Education”. The Hon’ble Supreme Court observed that an independent institute can be established by the State for imparting “Judicial Education”. It looks that both the States, Punjab and Haryana, showed their reluctance in setting up an independent institute for imparting “Judicial Education”, of course, on the premises of financial constraints and restraints.

The land measuring 8.5 Acres for Judicial Academy has been provided by the Chandigarh Administration. On October 18, 2006, it was unanimously resolved at the High Court of Punjab and Haryana that a society named “Chandigarh Judicial Academy for Punjab and Haryana” be got registered under the Societies Registration Act to undertake the task of training of Judicial Officers of the States of Punjab and Haryana as per guidelines provided by the First National Judicial Pay Commission, in its report Volume 2, Chapter XIII.

Subsequent contributions are to be made as decided by Governing Body (Now General Body). Shri N.S.Saini, former Additional District and Sessions Judge was appointed as the first Director of the Academy. Shri Saini continued to discharge his duties till. It was on February 1, 2007, Hon’ble Mr. Justice J.S.Narang was appointed as First Director General of the Academy. Justice Narang contributed to the development of the Academy from its infancy to the present Status having a magnificent building on 8.5 Acres of Land. Justice Narang guided the Academy and continued to discharge the duties as the Director General of the Academy till August 18, 2009. Shri A.S.Sodhi, Shri R.P.Bhasin, Shri I.J.Kaushik, former District and Sessions Judges and Shri B.C.Gupta, a former Additional District and Session Judge guided the training programmes as the initial faculty members of the Academy.

The Academy has a well Auditorium to seat 300 people equipped with video conference facility with state of the art audio and video presentations. The academy has six lecture theatres out of which two are equipped with video conference facility, a modern kitchen, a gymnasium, a squash court, room for indoor games and swimming pool. The academy has hostel with over 100 rooms.

The present Board of Governors comprises of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Rajesh Bindal, as President, Hon’ble Mr. Justice M.M. Singh Bedi , Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.B. Chaudhari , Hon’ble Mr. Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain & Hon’ble Mr. Justice Augustine George Masih as the other members.