New Delhi, Nov 21: India’s Dalveer Bhandari won the election to the 15th and final place on the International Court of Justice bench on Monday. The judge got 183-193 votes in the United Nations General Assembly and he got all 15 votes in the security council. After this, the United Kingdom withdrew its candidate, Mathew Rycroft.Also Read - 'Irreparable Damage': UN Top Court Orders Myanmar to Prevent Rohingya Genocide

Prime Minister Narendra Modi credited the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and officials for Bhandari’s re-election to the bench. Also Read - Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: 'Decision to be Taken in Accordance With Pakistani Laws While Honouring ICJ Verdict'

“Congratulations to EAM @SushmaSwaraj and her entire team at MEA & diplomatic missions for their untiring efforts that have led to India s re-election to ICJ. Also Read - Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: Pakistan Denies Reports About Amending Army Act to Allow Ex-Indian Navy Officer to File Appeal in Civilian Court

” Our deep gratitude to all the members of UNGA as well as UNSC for their support and trust in India,” the PM tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called this a proud moment for the country.

Who is Dalveer Bhandari?

Dalveer Bhandari was a judge in Supreme Court. He comes from a family of lawyers. His father, Mahaveer Chand Bhandari, and grandfather, BC Bhandari were members in the Rajasthan bar. He got his law degree from Jodhpur University. He practised in Rajasthan High Court from 1968 to 1970. He got his Masters of Law from Northwestern University School of Law. He widely travelled across the world during his early days as lawyer.

He served various Indian courts in his career as judge. He became the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court. He delivered various important judgments as the Chief Justice. Due to his orders, the Maharashtra government had to release more funds for malnutrition-hit districts. Due to his efforts, mediation and conciliation centres were set in Goa and Maharashtra.

In 2005, he was elevated to the Supreme Court of India as a judge. Due to his order, the government had to release more food grains for people living below the poverty line. He also gave important orders related to night-shelters.

He became a member of the International Court of Justice on June 19, 2012.