SHILLONG, March 23: Matrilineal Meghalaya on Saturday made another landmark in its history with the first women Chief Justice (CJ) being sworn-in to head the full fledged State High Court situated in the capital city.
Justice T Meena Kumari was sworn-in as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court. Meghalaya Governor, Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy to her at a ceremony held in the Raj Bhavan here on Saturday.
Justice Kumari is a judge of the Patna High court, and hails from Andhra Pradesh.
Notably, earlier Meghalaya only had the Shillong Bench of the Gauhati High Court which contributed to the low conviction rate in the state apart from the state being recorded with increased crimes against women.
Spelling out her priority, Justice Kumari said that her first priority area would be to see that Fast-Track Courts (FTC) are set up in the state.
“The fast tract courts have to be established and I will take up this matter,” she said while speaking to reporters after the swearing – in ceremony.
On being appointed as CJ of Meghalaya, she expressed, “I feel this is an opportunity given by God to serve a matrilineal state like Meghalaya and let us hope for the best.”
She further assured, “I’ll try my best to live up to the expectations of the people of the state.”
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, Chief Justice also administered oath of office to two judges – TMK Singh and SR Sen at the Shillong High Court.
Meanwhile, the newly established Meghalaya High Court will be formally inaugurated on March 25 by the Chief Justice of India (CJI), Justice Altamas Kabir.
It may be mentioned here that apart from Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura have also been given their own full-fledged High Courts.
While, the strength of judges in the two High Courts will be three each including the Chief Justice, Tripura High Court however will have four judges including the Chief Justice.
Notably, with the approval of these three full-fledged High Courts in the North East, the total number of High Courts in the country will increase from 21 to 24.