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Justice VK Tahilramani has taken over as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court. Governor, Banwarilal Purohit administered her the oath of office at a ceremony held in the Raj Bhavan, Chennai this morning.
Justice Tahilramani joined the Bar in 1982 and has served as a Government Pleader and Public Prosecutor for the State of Maharashtra. She was elevated to the Bench in the year 2001. She has also served as the Acting Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.
She will be taking over from Acting Chief Justice, Huluvadi G Ramesh, who had been tasked with manning the High Court in the interim after Chief Justice Indira Banerjee took up her new role as a judge of the Supreme Court.
Tahilraman J. is only the third woman to assume the charge of Madras High Court Chief Justice. With her appointment, the Madras High Court will continue to have the highest number of women judges across High Courts in the country.
With Chief Justice Tahilramani taking Chief Justice Banerjee’s position, the Court will continue to have 12 women judges sitting on the Bench.
The other women judges presently on the Bench are Justices S Vimala, Pushpa Sathyanarayana, VM Velumani, Nisha Banu, Anita Sumanth and V Bhavani Subbaroyan,
As far as representation of women in the judiciary is concerned, recent other appointments have also ushered in a series of firsts.