Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei -the new Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court

Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei, has been appointed as acting Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court.

Question: Who is the present Governor of Assam?

a. Mr Chittaranjan Sharma
b. P.B Acharya
c. Jyoti Prasad
d. Ram Nath Kovind

Ans (b)

Related Facts:

  • On October 21, 2015 Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei was sworn in as the new Chief Justice Gauhati High Court, Assam.
  • The oath of office was administered by the Governor of Assam Shri PB Acharya.
  • On October 19, 2015 in exercise of the powers conferred by article 223 of the Constitution of India the President appointed Tinlianthang Vaiphei, senior-most Judge of Gauhati High Court, to perform the duties of the Chief Justice of Gauhati High court.
  • Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei has been appointed to replace outgoing Chief Justice Justice Karanam Sreedhar Rao, retired on the same day.
  • Incidentally this is the first appointment in the higher judiciary after the Supreme Court struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) and a related Constitutional Amendment Act which sought to scrap the collegium system.
  • This should be noted that recently a bench of the Supreme Court judges struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) and a related Constitutional Amendment Act which sought to scrap the collegium system declaring it as unconstitutional.

Reference:

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=129845
http://ghconline.gov.in/judgesGHC.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/gauhati-hc-gets-new-acting-cj-115101901223_1.html
http://www.assamtimes.org/node/15548

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