SHILLONG: Justice S Vaidyanathan was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court on Sunday.
Meghalaya Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath of office at a simple ceremony held at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan.
Appointed by the Supreme Court collegium on November 1 last year, Justice Vaidyanathan succeeds Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee, who retired in November.
Prior to his appointment, Justice Vaidyanathan served as a judge of the Madras High Court since October 2013.
Welcoming him to Meghalaya, Chief Minister took to a microblogging we4bsite and wrote, “Congratulations and best wishes to Justice S. Vaidyanathan on being sworn in as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya. We welcome him to Meghalaya.”
Born on August 17, 1962, in Coimbatore, Justice Vaidyanathan completed his schooling at Singaram Pillai High School Villivakkam, Chennai, and graduated with a B.A. in Economics from DG Vaishnav College, Arumbakkam, during 1979-82.
He pursued his BL at Madras Law College (now known as Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College) from 1982-85 and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Personal Management, Labour Welfare, and Industrial Relations in 1986.
He was enrolled as an Advocate on August 27, 1986, and practiced in the High Court of Judicature at Madras.
Justice Vaidyanathan’s family has a rich legacy in public service and law.
His paternal grandfather, LS Vaidyanathan, served as a Superintendent in the Copyist Section of the Madras High Court.
His father, V. Subramanian, began as a shoe polish seller and later became a committed trade unionist, founding member of the first white-collared Employees’ Union in 1946, and editor of Labour Law Books published by Madras Book Agency.
Justice Vaidyanathan was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Judicature at Madras on October 25, 2013, and became a permanent Judge on April 14, 2015.