Justice S Vaidyanathan has taken oath as the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Raj Bhavan on Sunday. State Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Justice Vaidyanathan.
He succeeds Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee, who superannuated in November last year.
After the retirement of Justice Banerjee, Justice Hamarsan Sing Thangkhiew had been functioning as the acting Chief Justice of the High Court.
The function was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar, Law Minister Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh, Secretariat Administration Department Minister Alexander Laloo Hek, Justice Thangkhiew, Justice Wanlura Diengdoh, Justice Biswadeep Bhattacharjee, Chief Secretary Donald Philips Wahlang and several other officials.
Justice Vaidyanathan was born on August 17, 1962 at Coimbatore. He completed his schooling from Singaram Pillai High School Villivakkam, Chennai. He graduated in B.A. (Economics) from D.G.Vaishnav College, Arumbakkam in 1982. He finished his B.L. in Madras Law College (now known as Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College) in 1985 and Post Graduate Diploma in Personal Management, Labour Welfare and Industrial Relations in 1986.
He enrolled himself as an Advocate on August 27, 1986. He practiced in the High Court of Judicature at Madras, where his paternal grandfather Sri L.S.Vaidyanathan served as a Superintendent, Copyist Section and retired in 1952. He was elevated on 25.10.2013 as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Judicature at Madras and became a permanent Judge of this Court on April 14, 2015.