Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant, Judge of the High Court of Uttarakhand was on 19 September 2013 appointed as the new Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court. He was appointed by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant took over from Justice T.Nandakumar Singh, who is the Acting Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High court since March 2013.
According to clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India every Chief Justice of the High Court shall be appointed by the President of India after consultation with the Chief Justice of India and the Governor of the concerned State. In the case of appointment of a Judge of the High court, the President will also consult the concerned Chief Justice High Court.
About Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant
- He entered in U.P. Judicial Service in 1976.
- He held different posts in judicial service at Ghaziabad, Pilibhit, Ranikhet, Bereilly and in 1990 he appointed as Additional District Judge in district Bahraich of Uttar Pradesh.
- He also worked as Joint Registrar in High Court of Allahabad.
- He has written books on subjects of law including on Marriage, Divorce and Other Matrimonial Disputes.
- His commentary in Hindi on Code of Civil Procedure won first prize for the year 2000, from Government of India.
- He wrote Sunder Nirnay Kaise Likhain (How to write good judgments) meant for new entrants in judicial services.
- After creation of state of Uttarakhand he was the first Secretary, Judicial, of the state.
- He also held the post of District and Sessions Judge at Nainital before being posted as Registrar General of High Court of Uttarakhand at Nainital.
- He took oath of office of AdditionalJudge of the High Court of Uttarakhand on 29th June 2004 and as Judge of High Court of Uttarakhand on 19 Febrary 2008.