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Justice Sommader sworn in as CJ of M’laya High Court

Shillong, Apr 27 | Publish Date: 4/27/2020 12:06:41 PM IST

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Justice Biswanath Somadder was sworn in as the ninth Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court on Monday.
Governor Tathagata Roy administered the oath of office to 56-year-old Justice Somadder at Raj Bhavan.
Meghalaya Law Minister James Sangma, Chief Secretary M.S.Rao, Meghalaya High Court judge Justice Hamarsan Singh Thangkhiew, Director General of Police R Chandranathan attended the swearing-in-ceremony.
Justice Somadder, who was earlier judge of Allahabad High Court, arrived in Shillong on Sunday evening along with his wife and entourage after travelling on road, covering a distance of 1907 Km, from Allahabad via Kolkata.
He left Allahabad on Friday and arrived in Kolkata on Saturday, after which he proceeded to Shillong after a short rest at his Salt Lake residence.  
Justice Somadder embarked on a road journey since the air and rail passenger services were suspended due to the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Serious questions were raised if the newly sworn in Chief Justice has followed all health and safety protocols as the nation is battling against the contagious COVID-19.
 “I am yet to get a report on it. However, it is mandatory that everyone adhere to the health and safety protocols,” State Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek said.
Justice Somadder will be the ninth Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court. He succeeds Chief Justice Muhammad Rafiq, who is now transferred as Chief Justice of Orissa High Court. Enrolled as an Advocate on July 21, 1989, Justice Somadder practiced at Calcutta High Court as well as the Supreme Court of India. He also appeared before CESTAT, Eastern Regional Bench.
He was elevated to the Bench of the High Court at Calcutta as a permanent Judge on June 22, 2006 and was appointed as the Executive Chairman of the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, in 2018.
Justice Somadder was also judge-in-Charge, Administrative Department, High Court at Calcutta, to discharge the functions assigned under the Appellate Side Rules of the High Court at Calcutta, with effect from November 19, 2018. He was also Acting Chief Justice from January 1, 2019 till April 3, 2019.
Justice Somadder assumed charge as Judge of Allahabad High Court on and from October 17, 2019.
 

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