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Justice Dr. Manjula Chellur sworn in as Chief Justice of Calcutta HC

Aug 7, 2014 16:12 IST

Justice Dr. Manjula Chellur took oath as the first woman Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court on 5 August 2014. Prior to this, Dr. Chellur was Chief Justice of Kerala High Court.

The West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi governed her oath of the office.

Justice Manjula Chellur is 37th Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. She succeeded Justice Arun Mishra who was elevated as a Supreme Court Judge.

Justice Manjula Chellur

Born on 5 December 1955, Justice Chellur began her career as a first lady advocate to practice at Bellary in Karnataka. Dr. Chellur broke the gender barrier on several occasions. She became the first woman judge of Karnataka High Court, Bangalore in 2000.

In November 2011, Dr. Chellur was appointed as an acting Chief Justice of Kerala High Court and was sworn in as Chief Justice in September 2012.

Calcutta High Court

Established on 1 July 1862, Calcutta High Court is the oldest in India. Built under 1861 High Court’s Act, it has jurisdiction over state of West Bengal and Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Calcutta High Court has its permanent Circuit Bench in Port Blair, capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The sanctioned strength of judges in High Court is 58.

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