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Chandigarh-born Sri Srinivasan sworn in as top US court judge

Washington, Sep 27 (): Chandigarh-born Sri Srinivasan was sworn in as judge of the second most powerful court of the United States on Friday. Born in Chandigarh, his parents migrated to the United States in 1970s.

Sri Srinivasan, 46, holds three degrees from Stanford University. He is a highly-respected advocate who has spent a notable career contesting before the US Supreme Court and the US Courts of Appeal, both on behalf of the United States and in private practice.

Srinivasan took the oath of office in an overflowing court room of US Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, in presence of legal personalities, friends and families. He thus becomes the first Indian-American to be on the bench of the US Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Srinivasan joins a court that is repeatedly mentioned as the second-highest court of the nation because of its rulings on regulatory and separation-of-powers issues. In addition, four of the Supreme Court’s nine justices served on the D.C. Circuit.

When Srinivasan took the oath of office on Gita with his mother Saroja Srinivasan holding the holy book for him, Gursharan Kaur, the wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was present on the occasion.

Sandra Day O’Connor, retired Supreme Court justice, administered the oath of office, calling Srinivasan “fair, faultless and fabulous.” Srinivasan once clerked for her. While addressing the crowd, Srinivasan acknowledged the role of his parents and family on his achievements.

On June 11, 2012, Obama first nominated Srinivasan. On January 2, his nomination was returned to the President, due to the sine die adjournment of the Senate. Obama re-nominated him for the same office on January 3, 2013.

Srinivasan was previously the principal deputy solicitor general of the United States. This year May, Srinivasan was confirmed by the US Senate by a huge 97-0 vote. He is the first South Asian American to serve as a circuit court judge in American history.