Justice Biswanath Somadder (L) and Chief Justice Mohammed Rafiq
Justice Biswanath Somadder (L) and Chief Justice Mohammed Rafiq
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Collegium proposes transfer of Meghalaya HC Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq to Orissa, Biswanath Somadder J. as next Chief Justice of Meghalaya

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The Supreme Court Collegium has proposed that present Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court, Mohammed Rafiq, be transferred to become the next Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court.

In his place, the Collegium has also recommended that Justice Biswanath Somadder, who presently sits at the Allahabad High Court, be elevated as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court.

The Orissa High Court has been functioning under the aegis of Acting Chief Justice Sanju Panda since January 5, this year, following the retirement of Justice Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri.

Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq, who has now been recommended for appointment as Orissa High Court's next permanent Chief Justice, had been elevated to helm the Meghalaya High Court in November 2019. Prior to that, he sat as a judge of the Rajasthan High Court, where he had also served as Acting Chief Justice twice.

Read the Collegium statement regarding the transfer of Chief Justice Mohammed Rafiq to Orissa:

Collegium Statement - Transfer of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq.pdf
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In the meanwhile Justice Biswanath Somadder, who originally hails from Calcutta High Court, has been proposed for elevation as the next Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court.

Justice Somadder assumed charge as an Allahabad High Court judge in October last year. Prior to that, he had served as the Acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court.

Read the Collegium statement regarding the elevation of Justice Biswanath Somadder as Meghalaya High Court's next Chief Justice:

Collegium Statemement - Justice Biswanath Somadder as Meghalaya HC CJ.pdf
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