Shillong, Nov 13: Justice Muhammad Rafiq was on Wednesday sworn in as Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court.
Governor Tathagata Roy administered the oath of office to Justice Rafiq at Raj Bhavan. He was a senior judge at Rajasthan High Court Judge prior to this. Justice Rafiq succeeded Chief Justice A.K.Mittal who is now the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, cabinet ministers, and Meghalaya High Court judge Justice Hamarsan Singh Thangkhiew and other dignitaries were among those who attended the swearing-in ceremony.
Born in Churu, Rajsathan, Rafiq started his law practice in 1984. He practiced exclusively in the Rajasthan High Court in almost all branches of law. He served as an advocate from 1999 to 2006.
He was appointed as a judge of Rajasthan High Court. Justice Rafiq also served as acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court twice. Justice Rafiq told reporters that his area of priority is to look on the cases which are more than five years. “I am told that there are 2500 cases in the Subordinate Court in the State. I will try to strengthen the computerization of the High Court and the subordinate court. This will be my priority,” he said.
The Chief Justice said that he would also try to boost to the Lok Adalat Movement and the medical cell in the court. “I will look on the others issues which I need to prioritise once I am made about the things and then I will decide how to move ahead,” he said. (UNI)