First Chief Justices of Meghalaya, Manipur HC Sworn In

Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura High Courts got their first Chief Justices today. While Justice T Meena Kumari became the first CJ of Meghalaya HC, Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre was sworn in as first Chief Justice of Manipur HC. Former judge of Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice Dipak Gupta became the Chief Justice of Tripura High Court.

Meghalaya

Justice T Meena Kumari was today sworn in as the first Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court by Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary.

The Governor administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kumari at a ceremony held in the Raj Bhavan.

Kumari was earlier a judge of the Patna High Court.

Talking to reporters after her swearing-in ceremony, Justice Kumari said that her first priority area would be to see that fast-track courts are being set up in the state.

"The fast tract courts have to be established and I will take up this matter," she said.

Refusing to divulge more details on the priorities to be taken up, the newly sworn-in chief justice, however, said, "I have to first settle down and understand the problems of the region besides the pending cases."

Later, the Chief Justice also administered oath of office to two new judges of the high court – T M K Singh and S R Sen at the Shillong High Court.

The newly established Meghalaya High Court will be formally inaugurated on March 25 by the Chief Justice of India (CJI), Justice Altamas Kabir.

Manipur

Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre was today sworn in as first Chief Justice of Manipur High Court by Governor Gurbachan Jagat at a simple function at Raj Bhavan here, official sources said.

Sapre was administered the oath of office by the Governor during the function which was attended by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, his cabinet colleagues, senior civil and police officials among others.

Justice Sapre, former judge of Chhatisgarh High Court, would be the first Chief Justice of the newly-set up Manipur high court, sources said adding that the court will have three judges including Justice Sapre in the beginning.

Judge of Guwahati high court N Koteswar has been appointed as a judge of Manipur high court, sources said adding that the third judge would be appointed soon.

Tripura

Former judge of Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice Dipak Gupta today took the oath of office as the Chief Justice of Tripura High Court.

Guwahati High Court judge Justice U B Saha took over as the judge of the Tripura High Court and two other Additional Judges of Guwahati High Court, S C Das and S Talapatra have taken the oath of office as Additional Judges of Tripura High Court.

Dr. D Y Patil, who recently took over as the Governor of Bihar and also handling the charge of Tripura administered the oath of office to the judges at the Darbar Hall of Rajbhavan here.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty, Agriculture Minister Aghore Debbarma and Finance Minister Badal Chowdhury were present at the oath taking ceremony.

Tripura, having the Agartala bench of the Guwahati High Court, would get a separate high court on March 26, official sources said.

“The Union Law ministry and Supreme court have agreed to set up a separate high court for Tripura on March 26,” state Law Secretary Data Mohan Jamatiya told reporters.

Population-wise Tripura was bigger than Manipur and about 52,000 cases were pending in different courts, including 6,000 in the Agartala bench of Gauhati high court, and the figure was on the rise due to shortage of judges.

Gupta on being the first Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court said, “It was a very proud moment for me”.

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