Shillong, Apr 19: The Supreme Court Collegium, led by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde, has recommended Allahabad High Court judge Justice Biswanath Somadder for appointment as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court.
Justice Somadder enrolled as an Advocate at the Bar Council of West Bengal in 1989 after obtaining his degree in law from the Calcutta University.
He practiced mainly 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. He was a Senior Counsel for the Central Government in the Calcutta High Court and was also the Hony. Joint Secretary of the Bar Library Club of Calcutta High Court.
He was elevated to the Bench of the Calcutta High Court as a permanent Judge on June 22, 2006 and was appointed as the Executive Chairman of the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal.
In November 2018, he was appointed as the Judge-in-Charge, Administrative Department at the Calcutta High Court.
From January 1, 2019 till April 3, 2019, he worked as an Acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court and was subsequently transferred as a Judge of the Allahabad High Court on October 17, 2019.
Meanwhile, the current Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court, Justice Mohammad Rafiq, has been recommended for transfer to the Orissa High Court.
Justice Rafiq had taken the oath as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court in November 2019.