Justice SN Phukan, former Judge of Supreme Court expired this morning at 6 am in a hospital at Jorhat. He was admitted to hospital yesterday.
Phukan, aged 81, enrolled as an Advocate in 1962 and joined the Gauhati High Court Bar in the same year after obtaining law degree and was appointed to the Assam Judicial Service in the year 1963.
Joined the Government of Meghalaya in July, 1970 and worked in the Law Department. He was also appointed as the Law Secretary and Legal Remembrancer in January, 1976. Phukan was also appointed as a part-time member of the Meghalaya Board of Revenue and part-time lecturer, Shillong Law College.
The former Justice was a member of Law Faculty of the North-Eastern Hill University. He was also appointed as the Commissioner for departmental enquiries for senior officers of the State.
Legal advisor to various corporations of the State Government, Phukan took active part in legal aid programme in North Eastern States-Himachal Pradesh and Orissa who was involved in social activities before being a Judge of the High Court.
Later he was appointed as permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court on October 11, 1985. He was then transferred to Himachal Pradesh High Court and appointed as Chief Justice of that High Court on.
Phukan was ppointed as a Judge of Supreme Court of India on January 28 1999 and retired on April 01, 2002.