Shillong: Chief Justice of Madras High Court Sanjib Banerjee, who has delivered key judgments upholding constitutional rights, values of free speech and secularism, will be sworn in as Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court on Wednesday.
Governor Satya Pal Malik will administer the oath to the new Chief Justice. Justice Banerjee sudden transfer to Meghalaya High Court replacing Chief Justice Ranjit Vasantrao More who superannuated on November 3 had has stirred widespread protests from lawyers at the Madras High Court.
Lawyers in the Madras High Court had protested Justice Banerjee’s transfer since he had just served just 10 months to which they felt that Justice Banerjee should have at least a two-year term.
A group of 237 advocates practising at Madras High Court had also submitted a memorandum the apex court collegium urging them for reconsideration. In his farewell message to fellow judges, the Bar, the court registry and staff of Madras. High Court, Justice Banerjee said he was “leaving with the happiest memories”.
He, however, voiced regret for not being able to demolish “the feudal culture completely” ever since he assumed office on January 4 this year.