On re-organization of the North-Eastern region by the North Eastern Area (Re-organization) Act, 1971, a common High Court was established for the five North-Eastern States namely Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura and the two Union Territories namely Union Territory of Mizoram and the Union Territory of Arunachal Pradesh and called as the Gauhati High Court. Thereafter, when Manipur attained Statehood, Imphal Bench of the Gauhati High Court came into existence on Friday, the 21st day of January 1972.
In exercise of the power conferred by Sub-section (2) of Section 31 of the North Eastern Areas (Re-organisation) Act, 1971, His Excellency, the President of India was pleased to establish the Permanent Bench of the Gauhati High Court at Imphal, vide Gauhati High Court (Establishment of Permanent Bench at Imphal) order dated 21st January, 1992. Honble the Chief Justice of India, Honble Mr. Justice M. H. Kania inaugurated the Permanent Bench at Imphal on Saturday, the 14th day of March, 1992 in the presence of the Governor of Manipur, His Excellency Mr. Chintamani Panigrahi and Honble the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Mr. Justice U.L. Bhat.
On Sunday, the 30th day of April, 2006, the Foundation Stone for the new building of High Court at Mantripukhri, was laid by Honble Shri Justice Y.K.Sabharwal, the then Honble Chief Justice of India, in the august presence of Shri O.Ibobi Singh, Honble Chief Minister of Manipur, Honble Shri Justice H.K.Sema & Honble Shri Justice P.P.Naolekar, Judges of the Honble Supreme Court of India, Honble Shri Justice B.Sudershan Reddy, Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court and his Lordships collegues and Shri Th.Debendra Singh, Honble Minister of Law, Govt. of Manipur and host of VIPs. On completion, the newly constructed High Court Building at Mantripukhri was inaugurated by Dr.Manmohan Singh, Honble Prime Minister of India and Smt.Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, UPA on Saturday, the 3rd day of December, 2011 in the august presence of Honble Chief Minister of Manipur Shri O.Ibobi Singh, Shri Salman Khurshid, Honble Union Minister for Law & Justice, Honble the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Shri A.K.Goel.
Later, functioning of the Imphal Permanent Bench at the new Complex was inaugurated on Saturday, the 7th day of April, 2012, by Honble Shri Justice Altamas Kabir, Seniormost Judge of the Honble Supreme Court of India in the august presence of Shri O.Ibobi Singh, Honble Chief Minister of Manipur, Honble Justice A.K.Patnaik, Honble Smti. Justice Gyan Sudha Misra and Honble Mr.Justice Jasti Chelameswar Judges of the Supreme Court of India and Honble the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Shri A.K.Goel, Honble the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court Shri Justice Madan B. Lokur, Honble Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Shri Th.Lokeshwor Singh, Honble Madam Justice Manjula Chellur, Chief Justice (Acting) of Kerala High Court, Justice H.K.Sema, former Judge of the Supreme Court of India and host of Honble Judges of the Gauhati High Court and other VIPs.
On Monday, the 16th day of May, 2012, Parliament passed a bill amending the North Eastern Areas Re-organisation Act, 2012 and the same received the accent of the President of India on Monday, the 4th day of June, 2013. Vide this amendment Act the High Court of Manipur was to come into existence on the date to be determined and notified by the Central Government. Vide Notification No.F.9/1/2011-NE-II dated 15th March, 2013 of Ministry of Home Affairs (North East Division), published in the Extraordinary Gazette of India under No.639 dated 15/03/2013, the Central Government, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of Section 1 of the North-Eastern Areas (Reorganization) and Other Related Laws (Amendment) Act, 2012, appointed the 23rd day of March, 2013 as the date on which the said Act will come into force. Accordingly, the High Court of Manipur came into existence on Saturday, the 23rd day of March, 2013. Along with the said Notification, under Order No.K-11018/9/2012-US.I dated 20th March, 2013, the Govt. of India, Ministry of Law & Justice, Department of Justice, published in the Extraordinary Gazette of India dated 20th March, 2013 that the President of India, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of Section 28A of the North Eastern Areas (Reorganization) Act, 1971 has appointed that the Principal Seat of the High Court of Manipur shall, as from the 23rd day of March, 2013, be at Imphal.
On Saturday, the 23rd day of March, 2013, Honble Shri Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre was administered oath of office as the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur by His Excellency Shri Gurbachan Jagat, the Governor of Manipur at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan at Imphal and on the same day, his Lordship assumed the charge of office of the Honble the Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur. Later on the same day, Honble Shri Justice N.Kotiswar Singh was also administered oath of office of Honble Puisne Judge of the High Court of Manipur in Court No.1 by Honble the Chief Justice and assumed the charge of office.
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