|The Gauhati High Court|
|( High Court of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh )|
|Shri Ajai Lamba, Chief Justice
Born on 21.09.1958 at Abohar, Punjab. Graduated with Honours Degree in English from Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh and completed the LL.B. Course from Punjab University, Chandigarh. Enrolled as an Advocate in 1981. Practiced in the Punjab and Haryana High Court (“P&H High Court”), Central Administrative Tribunal, Railway Claims Tribunal and State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. Specialized in Criminal and Civil Laws; conducted cases relating to Criminal, Civil, Revenue, Constitutional, Labour, Company and Service Laws; worked as Additional Central Government Standing Counsel in the P&H High Court; counsel assisting “Liberhan Commission of Enquiry”; “Public Prosecutor” for the Union Territory of Chandigarh for the P&H High Court since 1992-93 till the time of elevation; Legal Advisor to the Haryana Pollution Control Board and Haryana Financial Corporation; represented the “Union Public Service Commission” and “Haryana Public Service Commission” in the P&H High Court. Elevated as a Judge of P&H High Court on 22.03.2006. Transferred to Allahabad High Court w.e.f. 09.12.2011. Appointed as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court w.e.f. 07.10.2019.
|Shri N. Kotiswar Singh
Born on 1st March, 1963 at Imphal, Manipur, to (Late) Justice N. Ibotombi Singh of the Gauhati High Court, who had also served as the first Advocate General of Manipur and Smt. N. Gomati Devi.
On completion of his schooling from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Purulia, West Bengal and Pre University Course in Science from St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, graduated from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University with B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science in 1983.
Obtained his Degree in Law (L.L.B.) from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University in 1986.
Enrolled as an Advocate in 1986.
Attended the six months’ “Commonwealth Young Lawyers’ Course” under the University of London in 1992.
After a brief practice in the Supreme Court of India, shifted practice under the Gauhati High Court, the then common High Court of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. Also practiced in the Central Administrative Tribunal, Guwahati and the Subordinate Courts and various Tribunals in Manipur.
Was the Standing Counsel for various Government Departments, Government of Manipur, and various public undertakings/institutions like, Renewable Energy Development Agency (MANIREDA), Manipur Board of Secondary Education, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), National Insurance Company Ltd., Allahabad Bank, Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd., DOEACC Centre, Imphal.
Also appeared before a number of Commissions in Manipur constituted under the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952.
Designated as a Senior Advocate by the Gauhati High Court on 31.03.2008.
Served as the Advocate General of the State of Manipur from 03.11.2007 till elevation to the Bench.
Sworn in as an Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 17.10.2011 and as a Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 07.11.2012.
Appointed as a Judge of the Manipur High Court upon its creation with effect from 23.03.2013. Appointed to perform the duties of the office of Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur w.e.f 01.07.2017 till 08.02.2018, again from 23.02.2018 till 17.05.2018.
Participated in the World Congress on Justice for Children from 28-30 May, 2018 at UNESCO, Paris.
Was part of the 8(eight) High Court Justices team to attend “Workshop on Counter Terrorism Phase-II Training” at Washington DC and Orange County, California from 10-14 September, 2018.
On transfer to Gauhati High Court, assumed charge as a Judge, Gauhati High Court on 11.10.2018. Presently, Executive Chairman of the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority.
|Shri Manash Ranjan Pathak
Born on 28th August, 1965 at Guwahati. Completed primary education from Haripriya Vidyapeeth, Kumarpara, Guwahati; middle schooling from M.C.M.E., Uzanbazar, Guwahati, secondary education from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ambari, Guwahati, passed Higher Secondary from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Khanapara, Guwahati; Graduation in Arts from St. Josephs’ College, Bangalore under Bangalore University and obtained LL.B. Degree from the then Government Law College, Panbazar, Guwahati under Gauhati University .
Enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on 12.09.1990. Had been practicing mainly on Civil, Constitutional, Land Acquisition and Service matters. Was Standing Counsel of Gauhati High Court and Education Department, Government of Assam till appointment as Additional Judge of Gauhati High Court. Was also Standing Counsel of State of Tripura since 2004 till bifurcation; Member of the Law Commission, Assam and Member of the Indian Law Institute.
Elevated as Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 22nd May 2013. Became permanent Judge w.e.f. 12.11.2018.
|Shri Manojit Bhuyan
Born on February 5, 1959 at Guwahati to late Niron Bhuyan and late Parul Bhuyan, obtained Bachelor's Degree with Honours in English Literature from Cotton College, Guwahati in the year 1978. Thereafter, completed Masters in English from the Gauhati University. Spent early school years at St. Mary's Convent, Guwahati, St. Anthony's School, Shillong and finally at Don Bosco School, Guwahati from where he passed his Matriculation Examination. After a brief spell as a Civil Servant with the Government of Assam and thereafter as a Lecturer in English at D.K.College, Mirza, obtained LL.B. Degree in the year 1987, and in the very same year enrolled himself in the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on 16.09.1987. He was designated as Senior Advocate on 04.08.2014. Practiced mainly on the Constitutional, Civil, Criminal and Service side and had represented Institutions like the Reserve Bank of India, SEBI, NABARD, GNRC Hospitals, besides others. Was appointed Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court vide Government of India Notification dated 06.01.2015. During his tenure as an Advocate had attended hosts of seminars and legal workshops organized by the National Legal Services Authority and the Indian Law Institute (Assam Chapter). He is also a trained Mediator having undergone the required 40 hour training at Guwahati under the aegis of Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC) of the Supreme Court of India. Appointed as Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 3rd January, 2017.
|Shri Michael Zothankhuma
Born on 23.10.1965.
Did schooling from St. Edmund's School, Shillong.
Obtained B.A. (Hons.) in English from Hindu College under Delhi University.
Completed LL.B from Campus Law Centre under Delhi University.
Designated as Senior Advocate on 06.09.2010.
Elevated as Additional Judge, Gauhati High Court on 07.01.2015.
Appointed as Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 3rd January, 2017.
|Shri Suman Shyam
After completing B.Sc (Major) under the Gauhati University obtained LL.B Degree from the J.B. Law College, Guwahati. Enrolled as an Advocate under the Bar Council of Assam etc. w.e.f. 03.09.1996. Practiced mainly on the civil side dealing with civil matters, constitutional matters, arbitration cases and service matters. Occasionally handled election trial as well as criminal matters before the High Court. Appeared before the Gauhati High Court at Principal Seat as well as at the Outlying Benches and Civil Courts on the original side. Functioned as the Secretary of the Indian Law Institute, Assam Chapter, w.e.f. 29.09.2010 till elevation. Appointed as Standing Counsel of the Gauhati High Court at the Principal Seat and also various public enterprises.Elevated as Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court with effect from 07.01.2015.
Appointed as Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 3rd January, 2017.
|Mrs Rumi Kumari Phukan
Born on 01.07.1960 at Jorhat, passed BA (Hons in Economics) from JB College, Jorhat in the year 1981, obtained LL.B degree from Jorhat Law College in the year 1987 and obtained B.Ed. degree from Post Graduate Training College, Jorhat in 1987. Enrolled in the Bar Council of Assam in 1987 and practised at Jorhat District Court for a period of one year. Joined Assam Judicial Service on 01.12.1988 and since then worked in different capacity like Chief Judicial Magistrate (Kamrup) Guwahati, District & Sessions Judge, (Kamrup) Guwahati, Principal Judge, Family Court, Guwahati, Registrar Judicial, Registrar Administration and Registrar General of Gauhati High Court and promoted to selection grade on 04.12.2014 w.e.f. 11.01.2013.
Lastly worked as a District and Sessions Judge, Dibrugarh. Elevated to Bench of Additional Judge, Gauahti High Court on 07.01.2015. Became permanent Judge w.e.f. 06.01.2019.
|Shri Songkhupchung Serto
Born on 1st March, 1961 at Sagang Village, Churachandpur District, Manipur. Completed graduation from St. Anthony’s College, Shillong (NEHU) and obtained LL.B. Degree from Law Faculty, Delhi University. Enrolled as an Advocate in 20.02.1986 and joined Manipur Judicial Service, Grade - III on 16.05.1992 after practicing Law for more than 6 years at Bar. Promoted to MJS Grade – II on 10.12.1997. Served at all the Districts of Manipur, except Chandel and Bishnupur. Deputed to Imphal Bench of the Gauhati High Court as Deputy Registrar (Judicial) on 29.09.2011. Appointed as Registrar of the same Bench on 19.03.2012 after promotion to MJS Grade – I. Appointed as the first Registrar General of the High Court of Manipur on 25.07.2013 after the High Court of Manipur came into existence and when the post of Registrar General was sanctioned. Elevated as Additional Judge of High Court of Manipur on 14th March, 2016. Transferred to Gauhati High Court and took oath as Additional Judge, Gauhati High Court on 3rd October, 2016. Appointed as Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 12.03.2018.
|Shri Achintya Malla Bujor Barua
Born on 15th December, 1961 and having obtained the qualification of Post Graduation in Economics and LL.B, joined the Bar in Guwahati on 06.09.1988, designated as Senior Advocate on 04.08.2014 and appointed as Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 15.11.2016. Educated in St. Mary's School, Guwahati in Lower Primary, Don Bosco School, Guwahati in Upper Primary, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Guwahati in Secondary and Senior Secondary, Utkal University for Graduation, Gauhati University for Post Graduation and Government Law College, Guwahati under Gauhati University for LL.B. Practiced mainly in the writ side, also attended to Civil Appeals and Revisions, Criminal Appeals and Revisions, Arbitration Petitions and Company Petitions etc. Attended Civil Courts, Central Administrative Tribunal, Armed Forces Tribunal. Attended different Judicial Enquiry Commissions on behalf of prejudicially affected persons, State Government and also on behalf of the Commission respectively. Appeared in arbitration proceedings and also conducted arbitration proceedings as an Arbitrator. Appointed as Panel Advocate of Government of Assam and also of Oil India Limited. Appointed as Junior Government Advocate of the Government of Assam on 27.06.2001 and Senior Government Advocate of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh on 04.08.2014. Became permanent Judge w.e.f. 12.11.2018.
|Shri Kalyan Rai Surana
Born on December 13, 1965. Graduated in Commerce (Major in Management Accountancy & Taxation) in 1988. Obtained LL.B degree in 1991. Enrolled as an Advocate on August 14, 1992. Practiced in various fields of law in the Gauhati High Court and subordinate Courts and also appeared before various Courts and Tribunals in Kolkata and New Delhi. Appointed as Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court on November 15, 2016. Became permanent Judge w.e.f. 12.11.2018.
|Shri Prasanta Kumar Deka
Born on 05.11.1959. Passed the Fifth Year (Electrical) Engineering Examination of the Integrated B.E. Course 1981 (held in October,1982) under Gauhati University from the Assam Engineering College, Jalukbari, Guwahati. Passed the Final Examination leading to the degree of Bachelor of Law (LLB) under the Gauhati University held in the month of January, 1989 from the Government Law College, Guwahati. Served M/S Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation, Namrup, OIL Pipeline (HQ) Narengi for a short period and joined in Assam State Electricity Board (A.S.E.B), Kahilipara, 132 EHV Grid Sub Station in the month of November, 1984 as Assistant Engineer and took voluntary retirement as Assistant Executive Engineer in November, 1995 from the A.S.E.B. Enrolled as an Advocate under the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on 19.01.1996. Concentrated practice in the Civil side both in the Lower Judiciary and the Gauhati High Court. Sworn in as an Additional Judge of Gauhati High Court on 15.11.2016. Became permanent Judge w.e.f. 12.11.2018.
|Shri Nelson Sailo
Born on 9th October, 1968, he did his schooling in almost all the states in the north-east. He passed his matriculation from St. Paul’s High School, Aizawl (now St. Paul’s Higher Secondary School) under the Mizoram Board of School Education. Graduated in Arts from St. Anthony’s College, Shillong under the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) and obtained law degree from Shillong Law College, NEHU in the year 1995.
He enrolled himself as an Advocate in the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh in the year 1996 and started his practice in the Principle Seat of the Gauhati High Court from the same year under an able and competent senior. He also appeared in the Subordinate Courts, both in the original and appellate side (both civil and criminal), including Boards, District Consumer Forum, State Consumer Commission and Tribunals (CAT, MACT) etc.
On April, 1998, he took charge of the Office of the Assistant Advocate General, Mizoram at Aizawl and after a month, he was appointed as the Government Advocate for the Gauhati High Court, Aizawl Bench. On 04.09.2003, he was appointed as the Public Prosecutor for the Aizawl Bench of the Gauhati High Court. Thereafter, on 02.02.2007 he was appointed as the Additional Advocate General, Mizoram in which post he continued till 31.9.2011.
He was also appointed as Legal Adviser of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for the State of Manipur and Mizoram. He was designated as a Senior Advocate by the Gauhati High Court on 2010. On 01.12.2010, he was nominated by the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court as Member of the North-Eastern Judicial Officers Training Institute (NEJOTI) for a period of three years. He was elected as the Vice-President of the Mizoram Bar Association for three terms viz; 2008-2010, 2011-2012 and 2014-2016 and on 26.08.2016 he was elected as the President of the Bar Association for the year 2016-2018. He is a Life Member of the Bar Association of India. On 25.07.2012, he was appointed as the Legal Adviser of the Mizoram University and on 25.07.2012 he was appointed as the Standing Counsel for the Aizawl Bench of the Gauhati High Court. He was elevated as an Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 15.11.2016. Became permanent Judge w.e.f. 12.11.2018.
|Shri Ajit Borthakur
Born on 01-12-1961, he did his M.A, LL.B from Gauhati University. He joined in Grade-III of Assam Judicial Service and initially appointed as Munshiff-cum-Judicial Magistrate at Silchar on 03-12-1988. He was promoted to Grade-II of Assam Judicial Service and worked as Deputy Registrar, Gauhati High Court, from 25-05-2001 to 14-11-2005. He was promoted to adhoc Grade-I of Assam Judicial Service and joined as Additional District & Sessions Judge (F.T.C.) at Nagaon on 01-11-2006 and then regularized in the same grade of the service from 04-02-2008. He worked as District & Sessions Judge, Sivasagar from 30-06-2008 to 02-02-2011, Registrar (vigilance), Gauhati High Court from 03-02-2011 to 02-03-2012, District & Sessions Judge Sonitpur, Tezpur from 07-03-2012 to 28-01-2015 and District & Sessions Judge, Kamrup (M), Guwahati from 02-02-2015. He was promoted to the Selection Grade of Grade-I of Assam Judicial Service from 04-02-2013 and as the super time scale District & Sessions Judge from 05-02-2016. Elevated as Additional Judge of Gauhati High Court on 15-11-2016. Became permanent Judge w.e.f. 12.11.2018.
|Shri Hitesh Kumar Sarma
Justice Hitesh Kumar Sarma was born on 1st July, 1960 at Pathsala, Assam, did his schooling in Bajali HS & MP School, Pathsala, completed his graduation in Arts from Bajali College, Pathshala, in the year 1981 and did LL.B from JB Law College, Guwahati, in the year 1985.
Prior to joining the Assam Judicial Service, as Judicial Magistrate at Tinsukia, on 08-12-1988, he joined the legal practice at Barpeta District Bar. He joined the Gauhati High Court, Guwahati as Deputy Registrar, on promotion. In the year 2005, he was posted as Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup (Guwahati), promoted as Additional District & Sessions Judge (FTC), in the year 2006 and posted at Kamrup, Guwahati. During the period from April, 2007 to 1st week of February, 2011 worked in the Gauhati High Court as Registrar (Judicial), Registrar (Administration) and as Registrar (Vigilance). On transfer, posted as District Judge, Sivasagar, thereafter, served as District & Sessions Judge, Goalpara and Kamrup (Metro). In June, 2012, appointed as Registrar General of the Gauhati High Court and then deputed to the Government of Assam as Legal Remembrancer and Secretary, Judicial Department, Government of Assam. Thereafter, posted as Special Judge, CBI and NIA, Assam. In the year 2015 again, he was posted as Registrar General of the Gauhati High Court and continued to be the Registrar General till his elevation as Additional Judge, Gauhati High Court on 19-05-2017. Became permanent Judge w.e.f. 25.04.2019.
Justice Sarma was a Super Time Scale District Judge before his elevation to the Gauhati High Court as Additional Judge. During the period 2013-2016, he was the President of the Assam Judicial Service Officers Association.
|Shri Mir Alfaz Ali
Born on 21.04.1959, at village Ekrabari in the district of Udalguri, Assam (erstwhile Darrang District). Justice Mir Alfaz Ali completed his schooling from Kharupetia High School and obtained Bachelors degree in Economics (Honours) from Mangaldoi College in the year 1978. After obtaining MA and LLB degree from Gauhati University, he enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, and Tripura on 16.08.1985 followed by practice in Mangaldoi District Court till the month of May, 1989. Joined the Assam Judicial service on 30.06.1989. He was promoted to Grade I of Assam Judicial Service in the month of October 2007. He has worked as the District & Sessions Judge of Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Nalbari and Kamrup(Metro), Member MACT and Presiding Officer State Transport Appellate Tribunal Guwahati, Member Secretary Assam State Legal Services Authority, Secretary Gauhati High Court Mediation Monitoring Committee, Director, Judicial Academy Assam, Registrar (Judicial) and as Registrar (Vigilance)of the Gauhati High Court. Sri Ali has been elevated as Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 19.05.2017. Became permanent Judge w.e.f. 25.04.2019.
|Shri Sanjay Kumar Medhi
Justice Sanjay Kumar Medhi was born to Late Surendra Nath Medhi and Smt. Parul Medhi at Guwahati on 07.03.1971. He completed his schooling from the Don Bosco School, Guwahati and thereafter the Higher Secondary (Science) from Cotton College, Guwahati in flying colours. In the year 1988, he took admission in the prestigious Ramjas College, Delhi University where he pursued and obtained the B.A. degree with Honours in Economics in 1991. Thereafter from 1991 to 1994 he was enrolled as a LLB student in Campus Law Centre in the University of Delhi. On obtaining the LLB Degree, in 1994 he enrolled himself as an Advocate for the North East Bar Council on 30.11.1994. In the meantime he had started his practice with Jain Hansaria & Company, a law firm of national repute. In July 1995, he came back to Guwahati and started his practice mainly at the Gauhati High Court under the guidance of his illustrious father Late Surendra Nath Medhi who was a Senior Advocate at that time. Justice Sanjay Kumar Medhi was appointed as the Standing Counsel of the Gauhati High Court in the year 2012, which he continued till his elevation. On 06.04.2017 he was designated as a Senior Advocate and in November, 2017 he was appointed as the Additional Advocate General, Assam. Sri Medhi has been elevated as an Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 19.11.2018.
|Shri Nani Tagia
Born on 16.05.1969. Did schooling from Govt. Higher Secondary School, Ziro, Lower Subansiri District, Arunachal Pradesh. B.A. from Govt. College, Itanagar (Arunachal University). LL.B. from Campus Law Centre (Delhi University). Designated as Senior Advocate by the Gauhati High Court on 04.08.2014. Elevated as Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 19.11.2018.
|Shri Manish Choudhury
Born on 01.03.1972 to Late Kshitish Chandra Choudhury and Smt. Mira Choudhury, Justice Manish Choudhury passed the High School Leaving Certificate Examination, 1987 as a rank holder from Cotton Collegiate School, Guwahati. After passing the Higher Secondary (Science) Examination, 1989 from Cotton College, Guwahati with distinction, he joined Ramjas College, University of Delhi to pursue B.A. (Honours) in Economics. After completing graduation in the year 1992, he completed Masters in Economics in 1994 in 1st Class and obtained LL.B. Degree from J.B. Law College under the Gauhati University. He served as a Lecturer in Economics at Damdama College and North Gauhati College from October, 1995 to November, 1997. In November, 1997, he joined Unit Trust of India ISL at Kolkata where he served till August, 1999. After tendering resignation therefrom, he enrolled himself in the Bar Council of Assam, etc. on 27.08.1999. Practiced mainly in the Principal Seat as well as in the Aizawl Bench, Itanagar Bench and Kohima Bench of the Gauhati High Court. Also attended the Central Administrative Tribunal, the Courts of the District & Sessions Judge in the districts of Assam, the Court of Special Judge, Assam, the Court of Special Judge, CBI, Assam, the Assam Administrative Tribunal, the Assam Board of Revenue, etc. Was Standing Counsel of the Directorate of Land Records, Assam from 2009 to 2016 and Senior Standing Counsel, Higher Education Department, Assam during 2014 to 2016. Was retainer counsel of a number of organizations, companies and PSUs. Appointed Member, State Law Commission, Assam on 24.06.2015. As a Resource Person, he attended Training Programmes organized by Assam State Legal Services Authority all over Assam. On 06.04.2017, he was designated as Senior Advocate by the Gauhati High Court. Elevated as Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 18.01.2019.
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