President of India on Thursday appointed Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir as the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court.
Earlier, a collegium of the Supreme Court had recommended Justices Krishna Murari, Ramalingam Sudhakar and M Yaqoob Mir for appointment as the Chief Justices of the High Courts of Punjab and Haryana, Manipur and Meghalaya respectively.
Justice Mir is the senior most judge from Jammu & Kashmir High Court. He was made a High Court judge in November 2007.
Born on 28 May1957 in village Rajpora of Pulwama district, Justice Mir did his LL B from Kashmir University and practiced as an advocate from 1981 to 1993 after joining the Bar.
Mir was appointed as district and sessions judge on 27 May 1993. He has served as principal district and sessions judge Baramulla; principal district and sessions judge Anantnag; additional district and sessions judge Srinagar; special judge anti-corruption Kashmir; registrar general High Court of J&K and principal district and sessions judge Srinagar.
Justice Mir was elevated as additional judge of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir on 23 November 2007. He was appointed as permanent judge of the High Court on 1 October 2009. He functioned as acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir from 5 January 2015 to 2 February 2015.
Justice Mir is the younger brother of Mansoor Ahmad Mir who retired as the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh last year.