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Justice T B N Radhakrishnan sworn in as first Chief Justice of Telangana HC

Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan was on January 1, 2019 sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court. Prior to this, Justice Radhakrishnan had been serving as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Jan 2, 2019 15:07 IST
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Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan was on January 1, 2019 sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court.

The oath to the office was administered to Justice Radhakrishnan by Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan. The ceremony was attended by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and other judges, lawyers and senior government officials.

With this, the state of Telangana will have its first independent high court.

Key Highlights

Prior to this, Justice Radhakrishnan had been serving as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for both the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh since July 2018.

Following his swearing in, the Chief Justice administered the oath of office to 12 justices of Telangana High Court on the premises of the High Court.

The state’s Governor ESL Narasimhan then left for Vijayawada to administer the oath to Justice Praveen Kumar, who has become the new acting Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

With the move, the separate high courts for the two Telugu states – Andhra Pradesh and Telangana became functional.

Till recently, the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad had been serving as a common high court of the two states since June 2014 when Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated to carve out Telangana.

Background

The advocates and legal fraternity had been demanding a separate high court for Telangana ever since the separate state was carved out in 2014.

Soon enough, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to bifurcate the existing high court in Hyderabad and last week, the Union Government issued a notification announcing the bifurcation.

According to a gazette notification, the bifurcation process has been completed, facilitating the two high courts to function in their respective states.

While the Andhra Pradesh High Court is set to function from Amaravati, the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad will become the High Court for Telangana.

As per the notification, 12 judges, over 360 district and civil judges have been allotted to the new Telangana state and the Andhra Pradesh High Court has got over 500 district and civil judges.

About Justice T B N Radhakrishnan

  Justice T B N Radhakrishnan sworn in as first Chief Justice of Telangana HC

Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan enrolled as an advocate in December 1983 and started practising in Thiruvananthapuram.

Later, he shifted to the High Court of Kerala at Kochi where he practised in civil, constitutional and administrative matters.

He was appointed as a Permanent Judge of the Kerala High Court on October 14, 2004.

In July 2018, he was appointed as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for both the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

He has now been appointed as the first Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court for the state of Telangana.

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