Justice M Duraiswamy of the Madras High Court has demitted office following his superannuation, nine days after he took over as Acting Chief Justice..Justice Duraiswamy took over as Acting Chief Justice following the retirement of Chief Justice MN Bhandari on September 12. Justice T Raja, being the next seniormost judge, will now take the reins as Acting Chief Justice of the High Court until a regular Chief Justice is appointed.Following his retirement, the number of judges at the Madras High Court is down to 54, as against the sanctioned strength of 75 judges..Two more judges of the Madras High Court - Justice Paresh Upadhyay and Justice PN Prakash - are also due to retire soon. While Justice Upadhyay will attain superannuation in December this year, Justice Prakash will retire in January 2023..While speaking to the press earlier today, Justice Duraiswamy said that he was certain that new judges will be appointed to the Madras High Court "soon," to ensure the smooth functioning of the Court.At his farewell function organised by the High Court, Justice Duraiswamy thanked the Bar and all judges and said that the Bar at the Madras High Court was one of the best in the country."The Madras High Court has the Best bar in the country. I am happy to see that the second generation of young lawyers here are also doing extremely well, carrying forward the legacy of this 160-year-old court," he said. Tamil Nadu Advocate General R Shunmugasundaram thanked the judge for his "patience even during some of the most complex hearings." The AG also said that in his 13 years as a judge of the Madras High Court, Justice Duraiswamy had disposed of 46,336 cases.