Imphal/Agartala/Shillong: With an aim to provide speedy justice to people and to complete the backlog of pending cases in the northeast, separate high courts were inaugurated recently in the states of Manipur, Tripura and Meghalaya.
Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court by Governor Gurbachan Jagat at the Raj Bhavan on March 23.
The function was attended by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, his cabinet colleagues, senior civil and police officials among others.
The Manipur High Court will have three judges, including Mr. Justice Sapre in the beginning.
"Now, you have got a new high court. It’s a historical event in the state of Manipur, no doubt about it. Now, we will work for justice in the state and for the people of Manipur, and we will try to expedite every case as early as possible, which is still pending," said Justice Sapre.
A high court in Tripura was also established with a chief justice and three judges, ending a 30-year-long wait for such an institution.
Tripura Governor DY Patil administered oath of office and secrecy to Justice Deepak Gupta, who is from Himachal Pradesh, as the new Chief justice of the state hih court.
He also administered oath of office and secrecy to Justices Utpalendu Bikash Saha, Swapan Chandra Das and Subhashish Talapatra.
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, his cabinet colleagues, top bureaucrats and other dignitaries were present at the event.
"Well, it’s a very proud moment for me to become chief justice of the High Court of Tripura, and, my endeavor will be, I and along with my brother judges will work for a constitution and also to look after the welfare of the people of Tripura," Chief Justice Gupta said.
In Meghalaya, Justice T Meena Kumari was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court.
JUstices TMK Singh and SR Sen were also administered oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary.
The number of high courts in the northeast has gone up from two to five. The total number of high courts in the country is now 24.