Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani was on August 12, 2018 sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court by Governor Banwarilal Purohit at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan, Tamil Nadu.
The swearing-in ceremony also saw the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Justice Indira Banerjee.
Justice Tahilramani will be taking over from Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh, who was tasked to serve the High Court after the elevation of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee as the Supreme Court judge.
According to the roster of the Madras High Court, Justice Tahilramani along with Justice M. Duraiswamy, would be hearing public interest litigations relating to women’s rights, all criminal appeals and criminal cases and other matters which are to be heard by a Division Bench.
Justice Tahilramani is the third woman Chief Justice of the Madras High Court. With her appointment, the Madras High Court will continue to have the highest number of women judges among all the High Courts.
Along with Justice Tahilramani, there are now 12 women judges on the Bench of Madras High Court.
The other women judges presently on the Bench are Justices S Vimala, Pushpa Sathyanarayana, VM Velumani, Nisha Banu, Anita Sumanth, V Bhavani Subbaroyan, S Ramathilagam, R Tharani, T Krishnavalli, R Hemalatha and PT Asha.
• Born in 1958, Justice Tahilramani joined the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in 1982.
• She served as a Government Pleader and Public Prosecutor for the State of Maharashtra.
• She was elevated as a Bombay High Court Judge in June 2001.
• She was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of Bombay High Court in December 2017.
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