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Born on 07-04-1949 at village Dampur under Hajo Police Station in the District of Kamrup. Obtained B.Sc. with Distinction from Cotton College , Guwahati in 1969. Obtained LL.B. and LL.M. from Gauhati University (G.U.) in the year 1974 and 1982 respectively. Enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on 9-8-1974 and since then practised in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Service and allied matters for 26 years in the Gauhati High Court at Guwahati and other outlying Benches in the North East including the Subordinate Courts. Was Government Advocate and Additional Public Prosecutor, State of Assam in 1983-1986 and also Additional Central Government Standing Counsel in 1991-1994 in the Gauhati High Court. Was Standing Counsel, Guwahati Municipal Corporation in 1996 and Legal Adviser, Pollution Control Board, Assam since 1991 till his elevation as High Court Judge in 2000. Was associated with J.B. Law College, Guwahati under G.U. as Lecturer in 1977-1991 and Principal therein in 1991. Was Guest Lecturer, LL.M. classes in the Department of Law, G.U. in 1983-1985 and 1988-1989 and in University Law College, G.U. in 1991-1993. Also associated with Faculty of Law, G.U. as Member in 1980-91. Was Member, North East Bar Council since 1983 and Vice-Chairman therein in 1996-1998. Was Permanent Member, Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. Was designated as Senior Advocate on 3-6-1999. Appointed as Permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 15-11-2000 and stationed at Principal Seat at Guwahati. Was Judge, Administrative Department, Gauhati High Court and Executive Chairman, Assam State Legal Services Authority, Assam. Elevated as Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim on 7-3-2009 (Forenoon). Awarded Ph.D. in Law by the Gauhati University in December, 2009, on the thesis, "Protection of Cultural and Education Rights of the Minorities under the Constitution of India - An Analytical Study"; the first sitting Judge or Chief Justice to obtain Ph. D within the country while in office. 

Took over the charge of the office of the Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir on April 13, 2010.



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