Madras High Court has most number of women judges


The Madras High Court has reason to celebrate as it has the most number of women judges among all the High Courts in India. Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, A. P. Sahi swore in 10 additional judges on the 3rd of December out of which 4 judges are women. The total tally of judges has gone to 63 from 53 and the number of women judges has risen to 13 from 9. The sanctioned strength of judges is 75.

A married couple – Justice Murali Shankar Kuppuraja and Justice Thamilselvi took oath and have made history as the first married couple to take oath in the Madras High Court on the very same day. Advocate General, Vijay Narayan while welcoming the judges during his welcome address stressed the need for filling up the remaining vacancies. Justice Murali Shankar was the Principal Sessions and District Judge, Trichy and his wife Thamilselvi was the Registrar (Judicial) at the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court. They got married in the year 1996. All the 10 judges have been appointed as additional judges of the Madras High Court for a period of 2 years.

The Supreme Court Collegium approved their elevation on the 23 September this year and the Union Ministry for Law and Justice notified their appointment on the 1st of December,2020. The names of the existing women judges are- Pushpa Satyanarayana, V.M. Velumani, Nisha Banu, Anitha Sumanth, Bhavani Subburoyan, R. Tharani, T. Krishnavalli, R. Hemalatha and P. T. Asha. The new additional judges are Thamilselvi, S. Ananthi, S. Kannammal and R. N. Manjula


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