Shillong(Meghalaya), Nov 24 : Justice Sanjib Banerjee was on Wednesday sworn in as chief justice of Meghalaya High Court here.
Governor Satya Pal Malik administered the oath of office at the Raj Bhavan here .
The programme was attended by Meghalaya Law Minister James K Sangma, Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma and senior officials of the government.
Justice Banerjee succeeded Justice Ranjit Vasantrao More who superannuated on Nov 3 last .
Justice Banerjee made headlines when he asked why murder charges cannot be filed against the Election Commission for its failure to stop abuse of COVID protocols in election rallies by the political parties. The Supreme Court later termed these remarks harsh and inappropriate.
A former sports journalist, Banerjee enrolled as an advocate in 1990 before being elevated as a judge of the Calcutta High Court in 2006.
A graduate of St Paul’s School in Darjeeling, Banerjee graduated with economics in 1983 and completed BA LLB in 1986-87 from the University of Calcutta.
The Supreme Court Collegium had recommended the transfer of Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee to the Meghalaya High Court. Meghalaya High Court has just three judges compared to the Madras HC strength of a sanctioned 75 judges.
He was transferred as the new chief justice of Meghalaya High Court on Nov 15.
( With Agency inputs )