Manipur Current Affairs

Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala HC

Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar was sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala High Court as per Article 219 of the Constitution.

He was administered oath to office by the Governor Justice (Retd) P. Sathasivam at a function held at Raj Bhavan. Prior to this appointment he was serving as the acting chief justice of the Kerala High Court.

About Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar

  • He was born on 5 May 1958 in Chikkerur, Haveri District, Karnataka.
  • Initially, he had practiced at the Karnataka High Court as an advocate, later appointed as the Additional Judge in 2003.
  • He was elevated as a permanent judge of the Karnataka High Court in September 2004. He was appointed as the acting chief justice of the Kerala High Court in August 2016.

Justice Rakesh Ranjan appointed as Chief Justice of Manipur High Court

  • Besides, acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court, Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad was sworn-in as Chief Justice of the High Court.
  • He was administered oath of office by State Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla at Raj Bhavan in Imphal.

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Dr. Najma Heptulla sworn-in as 18th Governor of Manipur

Dr. Najma Heptulla was sworn-in as the 18th Governor of Manipur. She replaced Shanmuganathan who was holding the dual charge of Governor of Meghalaya and Manipur.

She was administered oath of office by Acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court Rakesh Ranjan Prasad as per the provisions of Article 159 of Constitution of India.

About Dr. Najma Akbarali Heptulla

  • Born on 13 April 1940 in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. She is five time member of the Rajya Sabha between 1986 and 2012.
  • She had served as and Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha for sixteen years in two different terms from 1985 to 1986 and 1988 to 2004.
  • She is former vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In 2007, she had unsuccessfully had contested the 13th vice-presidential election against Hamid Ansari.
  • In NDA Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi she had served as Union Minister of Minority Affairs from May 2014 to July 2016. She had resigned on age grounds.

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Najma Heptulla appointed Manipur Governor

President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed former Union Minister Najma Heptulla (76) as Governor of Manipur.

She had served as Union Minority Affairs Minister in the Union Cabinet of NDA Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But she had resigned in July 2016.

Besides President also appointed

  • Banwarilal Purohit as Governor of Assam. He is a three-time former member of Lok Sabha from Nagpur and Managing Editor of Central India’s daily ‘The Hitavada’,
  • VP Singh Badnore as Governor of Punjab. He hails from Rajasthan and is associated with Mayo College, Ajmer.
  • Jagdish Mukhi as Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He is Delhi-based BJP leader and former MLA from Delhi.

There appointments will take effect from the dates the incumbents assume their charge.

Constitutional provisions of Governor

  • Article 153: It says that there shall be Governor for each state. But 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 facilitated the appointment of the same person as a governor for two or more states.
  • Article 156: Governor is appointed by President and hold office during the pleasure of President. It should be also noted that this article also mentions tenure of Governor. In this regard it says that Governor shall hold office for the term of 5 years from date he enters upon his office.

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