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Fri, 20 Sep 2019

Northeast Today

Madras High Court Chief Justice quits over transfer to Meghalaya HC

Madras High Court Chief Justice quits over transfer to Meghalaya HC
September 07
10:46 2019

NET Bureau

Madras High Court Chief Justice VK Tahilramani on Friday decided to resign after she was unceremoniously transferred to Meghalaya High Court, one of the smallest in India, reports said.

She appealed to the Supreme Court collegium to reconsider their decision but it was turned down two days ago.

The collegium, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, recommended transfer of Justice Tahilramani, who was elevated as the Chief Justice of Madras High Court on August 8 last year, to the Meghalaya High Court.

The collegium recommended her transfer on August 28, after which she had made a representation to the collegium requesting it to reconsider the proposal for transfer.

“The collegium has carefully gone through the aforesaid representation and taken into consideration all relevant factors. On reconsideration, the collegium is of the considered view that it is not possible to accede to her request,” said the resolution dated September 3, which was uploaded on the apex court website.

“The collegium, accordingly, reiterates its recommendation dated August 28, 2019 for transfer of Justice VK Tahilramani to Meghalaya High Court,” it said.

While holding office as the acting Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, Justice Tahilramani had in May 2017 upheld the conviction and life imprisonment of 11 people in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case, which was transferred to Maharashtra from Gujarat by the top court.

The apex court collegium — also comprising justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, Arun Mishra and RF Nariman — recommended that Meghalaya High Court’s Chief Justice Justice AK Mittal be transferred to Madras High Court as its Chief Justice.

Source: India Today

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