Jammu: Justice Nongmeikapam Kotiswar Singh was on Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
He was administered the oath by J-K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at the Convention Centre here.
Justice Singh was appointed as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on February 12.
N Kotiswar Singh is the 36th Chief Justice of the J&K and Ladakh High Court and replaces Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, who demitted office on superannuation on December 7 last year.
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, Justice N. Kotiswar Singh completed schooling from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Purulia, West Bengal and Pre University Course in Science from St. Anthony’s College, Shillong. Justice Singh graduated from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University with B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science in 1983 and obtained his Degree in Law (L.L.B.) from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University in 1986. Justice Singh was 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, Justice Singh shifted practice under the Gauhati High Court, the then common High Court of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. Justice Singh also practiced in the Central Administrative Tribunal, Guwahati and the Subordinate Courts in Manipur.
Justice Singh served as the Advocate General of the State of Manipur from 3 November 2007 till elevation to the Bench. Justice Singh was sworn in as an Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 17 October 2011 and as a Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 7 November 2012. He was appointed as a Judge of the Manipur High Court upon its creation with effect from 23 March 2013 and was appointed to perform the duties of the office of Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court w.e.f. 21 September 2020 to 9 January 2021, from 9 May 2022 to 22 June 2022 and January 10 this year to till February 12.