Justice Madanlal Laxmandas Tahaliyani, a retired judge of the Bombay High Court, was sworn-in as the new Lokayukta of Maharashtra on 24 August 2015. Governor Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office to Justice Tahaliyani at Raj Bhavan Raj Bhavan’s Darbar Hall in Mumbai.
Justice Tahaliyani succeeded Justice (retd.) PB Gaikwad, whose term as Lokayukta ended on 1 July 2014.
Due to his passion for nature, often he was called as a Green Judge and he presided over several high-profile trials, including the 26/11 attacks, Gulshan Kumar murder and the money laundering case involving businessman Hasan Ali.
On 29 August 2012, he was lauded by Supreme Court of India for his role of conducting the trial proceedings and maintaining the record of the case in an exemplary manner in the Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab versus State of Maharashtra case.
• He studied law in Nagpur before being appointed as the Metropolitan Magistrate in 1987 at the Bandra Metropolitan Court.
• He was appointed as Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Mumbai, in 1994 and Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Mumbai, in 1997. Some other posts held by him included
a) Judge of Bombay City Civil Court in 1997
b) Registrar (Inspection) High Court of Bombay in 2008
c) 2nd Additional Principal Judge, City Civil Court, Mumbai, in 2009
d) 1st Additional Principal Judge in 2009
e) Principal Judge Bombay City Civil Court in 2010
f) He was elevated a as High Court Judge on 18 March 2011
When: 24 August 2015