Raipur: The Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court, Arup Kumar Goswami, was administered oath of office by Governor Anusuiya Uikey at Raj Bhawan, Raipur, on Tuesday. Goswami took oath as the 14th Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh were present during the occasion. The new Chief Justice was handed over a warrant of appointment by the Governor. The warrant of appointment was issued by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Former Chief Justice P R Ramachandra Menon, who had assumed the office of Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court on May 6, 2019, superannuated on May 31, 2021 and since then the post of the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court was vacant. Justice Arup Kumar Goswami was born March 11, 1961. In January 2021, Justice Goswami had assumed office as Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court. Before that, he served as chief justice of Sikkim High Court.
He graduated in Economics (Hons.) from Cotton College under Guwahati University in 1981 and obtained LL.B. Degree from Government Law College, Guwahati in 1985. He was enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on August 16, 1985. He practiced mainly on the Civil, Criminal, Constitutional and Service matters. Goswami was designated as Senior Advocate by the Gawahati High Court on December 21, 2004.
He was Standing Counsel of the Guwahati High Court, Karbi-Anglong Autonomous Council and North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council. He had also been a Senior Standing Counsel, Education Department, Government of Assam. After that Goswami was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Guwahati High Court on January 24, 2011. and became a permanent Judge on November 7, 2012. He was the Executive Chairman of Nagaland State Legal Services Authority from April 1, 2011 to August 12, 2013.
He was the Executive Chairman of Assam State Legal Services Authority from June 6, 2018, to October 14, 2019, and the Executive Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority from March 8, 2016, to October 14, 2019. He was Chief Justice (Acting) of the Guwahati High Court from September 6, 2018, to October 29, 2018, and also from May 24, 2019, to October 10, 2019. He was the Secretary General of the Guwhati High Court Bar Association for the period 2000-2001. On 15 October 2019, Justice Arup Kumar Goswami had sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the High Court of Sikkim. After the retirement of Justice Vijay Kumar Bist in the month of September, the post of Chief Justice of High Court of Sikkim had fallen vacant after the superannuation of Justice Vijai Kumar Bist on 16 September 2019. On 15 October 2019, Justice Arup Goswami had appointed as the Chief justice of Sikkim High Court. He was transferred as Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court on 31 December 2020 and took oath on 6 January 2021.
Law and Legislative Affairs Minister Mohammad Akbar, School Education Minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekam, Culture Minister Amarjeet Bhagat, Goutam Bhaduri, Justice Sanjay K Agrawal, Justice P Sam Koshy, Justice Sanjay Agrawal, Justice Rajendra Chandra Singh Samant, Justice Arvind Singh Chandel, Justice Parth Prateem Sahu, Chhattisgarh Housing Board Chairman Kuldeep Juneja, State Text Book Corporation Chairman Shailesh Nitin Trivedi, Mayor Aijaz Dhebar, Additional Chief Secretary Subrat Sahoo, Director General of Police D M Awasthi, Secretary to Governor Amrti Kumar Xalxo, judges of the High Court, lawyers and senior officials were present on the occasion.