Madras High Court Chief Justice, Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani, the senior most High Court judge in the country has decided to resign from her post due to the decision taken by the Supreme Court Collegium to transfer her from the chartered High Court to a relatively small High Court of Meghalaya. She announced her decision during a dinner hosted by six Madras High Court judged who were made permanent.
While thanking the judges for their cooperation ever since she took over as Chief Justice in August last year, she said that she had discharged her duties without fear or favour from the date she assumed office as judge of the Bombay High Court in 2001. Her sudden transfer to a much smaller High Court had upset her. Many of the judges requested her to reconsider her decision to resign but she remained firm in her decision. A section of the lawyers practicing in the Madras High Court had sent a representation to the Supreme Court stating that such arbitrary transfers would erode the Independence of the judiciary.