Kirpal’s illustrious career and his contribution to the civil rights jurisprudence of the country as an erudite lawyer is enough to warrant an elevation as a high court judge. It is this very background, the one which reflects his legal acumen, which led to the Delhi High Court unanimously recommending his name for the position of a permanent judge in the first place.
On 19 March 2021, Kirpal was elevated as a Senior Advocate by the Delhi High Court. He was the court’s unanimous choice, with all the 31 judges voting in his favour.
Probably, one of the finest contributions of Kirpal would be the Navtej Johar case, which led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in India by reading down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
Continuing on his quest to seek equal rights for the LGBTQIA+ community, Kirpal is currently involved in litigation pending before the Delhi High Court seeking marriage equality for homosexual couples.