Shillong: History was created when Hamarsan Singh Thangkhiew became the first Khasi advocate to be sworn in as a judge of the Meghalaya High Court on Monday.
Thangkhiew was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir in the court premises in presence of Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen and chief secretary Yeshi Tsering, among others.
With the swearing-in, Thangkhiew has become the first Khasi judge of the High Court. The Meghalaya High Court was established in March 2013 after making suitable amendments in the Constitution of India and North-Eastern Areas Act of 1971.
Thangkhiew, who was designated a Senior Advocate by the Gauhati High Court in 2010, practised mainly civil and constitutional law.
He completed his schooling from St Edmund's, graduated from St Edmund's College with honours in Economics (1987) and completed his Bachelor of Legislative Law from Delhi University in 1990.
With Thangkhiew taking oath, the number of judges in the Meghalaya High Court has gone up to three.
Prior to his appointment as Judge of the Meghalaya High Court, Thangkhiew was enrolled as an advocate in the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.