Justice Sanjib Banerjee sworn in as chief justice of Meghalaya High Court

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Justice Sanjib Banerjee was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court on Wednesday.  Governor Satya Pal Malik administered the oath of office to him at the Raj Bhavan, Shillong. Justice Banerjee replaced Chief Justice Ranjit Vasantrao More who superannuated on November 3.

Meghalaya Law Minister James Sangma, Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, Leader of opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma, Justice Hamarsan Singh Thangkhiew, Justice Wanlura Diengdoh were also present at the swearing-in ceremony.

Born on November 2, 1961, Justice Banerjee studied in St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Calcutta and St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling. He graduated with honours in Economics in 1983 and LL.B. in the year 1986-87 – both from the University of Calcutta.

Justice Banerjee was enrolled as an Advocate on November 21, 1990, and practised principally in the High Court at Calcutta as well as in the Supreme Court of India, other High Courts and Tribunals, primarily in Civil, Company, Arbitration and Constitutional Law branches.

He is also specialised in Corporate and Intellectual Property Laws matters and was elevated to the Bench of the High Court at Calcutta as a permanent Judge on June 22, 2006.

Earlier, on November 15th, the central government had issued a notification transferring the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court to Meghalaya.

The Supreme Court collegiums had on September 16 recommended his transfer to Meghalaya. There were protests from several corners including Madras Bar Association and Madras High Court Advocates Association against the transfer of Justice Sanjib Banerjee to Meghalaya High Court.

Justice Sanjib Banerjee had joined the Madras High Court only on January 4, 2021 and that he had served only for ten months.