By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: Paving the way for the full-fledged court of the state, Justice T Meena Kumari was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the Shillong High Court by Governor RS Mooshahary at Raj Bhavan on Saturday.
Relatives of Justice Kumari and top political leaders of the State attended the swearing-in ceremony.
After being sworn-in, Justice Kumari administered the oath to two judges of the Shillong High Court – Justice TMK Singh and Justice SR Sen.
Later, speaking to media persons, Justice Kumari said her priorities would be to establish fast track courts in the State.
She expressed happiness that she was provided with an opportunity by God to serve a matrilineal state like Meghalaya.
Justice Kumari also said that she would first settle down and try to understand the problems of the region besides taking stock of the pending cases.
The establishment of a full-fledged High Court in Meghalaya is expected to reduce the growing number of pending cases, besides providing employment opportunities to the youths of the State.
The Shillong High Court will be inaugurated on March 25 by Chief Justice of India Justice Altamas Kabir.
Besides Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura are the other two states in the North East which will have their own high courts following the amendment of the North East Re-Organization Act, 1971.