In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 217 of the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, has appointed
- Smt. Justice Abhilasha Kumari
the Judge of the Gujarat High Court to be the Chief Justice of Manipur High Court effective immediately.
Justice Kumari is a native of Himachal Pradesh. She is the daughter of former HP chief minister Virbhadra Singh, and married into the erstwhile royal family of Bhavnagar. After graduating from Delhi University, she obtained a law degree from Himachal Pradesh University. She joined the Bar in 1984 and practice in the HP high court. She was the additional advocate general for Himachal Pradesh till her elevation as HC judge in December 2005.
Sources said Justice Kumari will likely take charge as CJ at the Manipur HC on February 9, only to remain in the office for 13 days, as she is retiring on February 22. She was considered for promotion as a chief justice last year too.