Justice Rajendra Menon was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court by Lt Governor Anil Baijal at a ceremony held at the Raj Niwas in New Delhi on August 9, 2018.
Justice Menon, who was earlier the Chief Justice of Patna High Court, succeeds Justice Gita Mittal, who was elevated to head the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
• The inclusion of Justice Menon will not, however, add to the depleted number of judges of the Delhi high court.
• The Delhi high court, which has a sanctioned strength of 60 judges, would continue to function with 35 judges even after Justice Menon takes charge.
• Given the low strength of judges, the newly appointed Chief Justice heard 11 matters listed before him on his very first day at work.
• The Justice also told his court staff to inform the lawyers that he would be taking up some of the matters in the regular list, which have been pending for long periods, from August 10.
• One of the matters listed for hearing included a plea against unauthorised construction in South Delhi.
• While hearing an NGO's plea on the matter, Justice Menon asserted that he would not be entertaining any petitions or PILs, which were not in public interest but filed to take vengeance or settle personal scores.
• The Chief Justice told the NGO that its petitions were not in public interest and that it should seek recourse to other legal means to agitate its grievance.
About Justice Rajendra Menon
• Born on June 7, 1957, Justice Rajendra Menon hails from Jabalpur, in Madhya Pradesh. He completed his school education from Christ Church Boys Senior Secondary School, Jabalpur.
• He then pursued a degree in science from the Government Science College, Jabalpur and in 1981, he completed his LLB from NSE Law College, Jabalpur.
• Menon initially practiced law in the office of senior advocate P Sadasivan Nair. Till his elevation to the Bench, he was the Standing Counsel for Central Government from 1991.
• He also represented several private and public sector undertakings and other private entities.
• He was elevated to the Gwalior Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court as an Additional Judge in April 2002.
• In 2008, he got posted at the Principal Bench at Jabalpur and served as the Acting Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court from May 2016 to March 2017.
• He was elevated to the position of Chief Justice of the Patna High Court in March 2017.
• The Supreme Court collegium recommended the transfer of Justice Menon to Delhi High Court on July 16. He is due to retire on June 7, 2019.
Who: Rajendra Menon
Where: Delhi HC