Appointments & TransfersNews

President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, transfers Justice Mohammad Rafiq, Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court, as Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court and to direct him to assume charge of the office of the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court.


Ministry of Law and Justice

[Notification dt. 23-04-2020]

Appointments & TransfersNews

President appoints Justice Biswanath Somadder, Judge of the Allahabad High Court, to be the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.


Ministry of Law and Justice

[Notification dt. 23-04-2020]

Appointments & TransfersNews

Collegium Statement

Supreme Court Collegium on 18th April, 2020 has recommended elevation of Mr Justice Biswanath Somadder, Judge, Allahabad High Court (PHC: Calcutta) as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court.


Supreme Court Collegium

[Collegium Resolution 18-04-2020]


Justice Biswanath Somadder

  • Born on December 15, 1963. Passed B.A. and LL.B. Examination from the University of Calcutta. Did a Certificate Course on “Office Automation Tools” under the Computer Education Programme of Regional Computer Centre, Calcutta.
  • Was enrolled as an Advocate on July 21, 1989. Practised in the High Court at Calcutta as well as the Supreme Court of India. Also appeared before CESTAT, Eastern Regional Bench.
  • Practised in Constitutional (Customs & Central Excise, FERA, Telecommunication, Education, Service & Income Tax), Arbitration, Company, Revenue, Civil and Criminal matters. Specialised in Revenue, Arbitration and Constitutional Laws.
  • Was Senior Counsel for the Central Government in the High Court at Calcutta. Was also the Hony. Joint Secretary of the Bar Library Club of Calcutta High Court, till just prior to his elevation.
  • Was elevated to the Bench of the High Court at Calcutta as a permanent Judge on June 22, 2006. Was appointed as the Executive Chairman of the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, by the Governor of West Bengal, vide notification dated November 5, 2018.
  • Appointed as Judge-in-Charge, Administrative Department, High Court at Calcutta, to discharge the functions assigned under the Appellate Side Rules of the High Court at Calcutta, with effect from November 19, 2018.
  • Was the Acting Chief Justice from January 1, 2019 till April 3, 2019.
  • Assumed charge as Judge of Allahabad High Court on and from October 17, 2019.

(Taken from Allahabad High Court Website)

Appointments & TransfersNews

Orders of Appointment

President appoints Justice Mohammad Rafiq, Judge of the Rajasthan High Court, to be the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.


Ministry of Law and Justice

[Notification dt. 08-11-2019]

Appointments & TransfersNews

President with the consultation of Chief Justice of India, transfers Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal, Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court as the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court.

He has been directed to assume the charge of the office on 13-11-2019.


Ministry of Law and Justice

[Notification dt. 30-10-2019]