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Former Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court Manjula Chellur, who retired from the post last December, has been appointed as the next Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL).
The APTEL has been without a full-time Chairperson for eight months since the retirement of Justice (Retd.) Ranjana P Desai on November 30, 2017.
Justice (Retd.) Chellur has been appointed to take over the office for a period of three years from the date of taking charge, or until further orders.
The notification issued to this effect today states,
“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the proposal for appointment of Justice (Smt) Manjula Chellur, Retired Chief Justice, Bombay High Court as Chairperson, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL), in the pay scale and with such ‘allowances and benefits as are admissible to the post , for a period of 03 years from the date of assumption of charge of the post, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.”
Justice Chellur was appointed as the first woman judge of the Karnataka High Court in February 2000. In 2011, she was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, and went on to serve as Chief Justice of that court.
In 2014, she became the first woman to be appointed as Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, a post she served for two years. She was appointed Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court in 2016, where she served till her retirement last year.
Late in 2016, rumours were doing the rounds that Chellur J would be elevated to the Supreme Court. However, the move never materialized. Justice J Chelameswar, then a member of the Collegium, had dissented against her non-elevation to the Apex Court.
Read the Notification: