Chennai: Justices S.Ramathilagam, R.Tharani, P.Rajamanickam, T.Krishnavalli, R.Pongiappan and R.Hemalatha, were sworn-in on Friday as judges of the Madras high court. With their appointment, the total number of judges has gone up to 60 as against the sanctioned strength of 75. Chief Justice Indira Banerjee administered the oath of office to them at a simple function held on the premises of the Madras high court. Advocate general Vijay Narayan delivered the welcome address and leaders of various bar associations welcomed the new judges.
Hailing from Udumalpet in Tiruppur district, Justice S.Ramathilagam was born on September 25, 1957. After completing her law degree in Coimbatore Law College, she joined the judiciary as Judicial Magistrate-III in Cuddalore in July 1991. She retired as the Chief Judge of the Puducherry district court. Born on June 10, 1961, Justice R.Tharani was from Thoothukudi district. She completed her B.A and then ML, before enrolling herself as an advocate in 1986. She entered into judicial service in July 1991. She was appointed as a district judge in September 2009.
Hailing from Namakkal district, Justice P.Rajamanickam was born on May 31, 1959. He completed his law degree in Annamalai University in Chidambaram and enrolled himself as an advocate in 1983. He was appointed as a civil judge and posted as the Judicial Magistrate in Pattukottai in July 1991. He was posted as a Registrar (Judicial) in the Madras high court in September 2016.
Born on September 28, 1959 in Tirunelveli, Justice T.Krishnavalli studied her law at the Madurai Law College and enrolled herself as a lawyer in January 1985. She was appointed as the Additional District Munsif in Tiruchy in July 1991 and elevated as a District Judge in April 2010. Her husband G.Rajkumar is a journalist working in a Tamil daily in Tiruchy.
Hailing from Erode district, Justice R.Pongiappan, was born on May 12, 1960. He completed his LLB degree in the Bangalore University. He enrolled as a lawyer in December 1986. He entered the judiciary in July 1991 as Judicial Magistrate in Tiruchy. He has served in the cadre of District Judge in Salem, Dindigul and Coimbatore, before his present elevation. Born on May 1, 1963, Justice R.Hemalatha belongs to a lawyer family. She completed her law degree from the law college in Madurai in 1986 and completed Masters in Law. She enrolled as an advocate in 1987. She joined the judicial service in July 1991 as District Munsif-cum-Judicial Magistrate. She was the Principal District Judge in Karur, before her present elevation.