Guwahati: On Monday afternoon, the former presiding officer of Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) and judge of Mizoram, Khiangte Lal Liana, widely known as K L Liana, passed away at his own residence in Aizawl's Tuikual North after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67.
Liana, who is survived by his wife and four children, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL), a form of cancer, in 2000. Since then, he had been undergoing treatment in several hospitals. He was found suffering from respiratory problems and ulcers. According to reports, Liana's health condition deteriorated from June 25 and he finally breathed his last on Monday.
After graduating in Arts, K L Liana was appointed as an additional magistrate of the additional subordinate district council court, in Lunglei in 1983, without obtaining a degree in law. He obtained his law degree in 1989; after the Aizawl Law college was established.
When the Mizoram government implemented the separation of judiciary from the executive, KL Liana was appointed additional district and session judge in Aizawl in September 2008, and was promoted to district and sessions judge, Aizawl judicial district, in April 2013. He was subsequently elevated to the selection grade district and sessions judge in June of 2013.
Liana was later promoted to the post of member cum president officer of the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) in March 2014, and also held the post of judge of the special court under the ND&PS Act, 1985. He was finally discharged on superannuation from the post of the presiding officer of MACT, after a long and storied career, in December 2019.