Madras HC creates history, will soon have 11 women judges

Chennai, November 29: After appointing four women judges in Madras High Court, president of India on Tuesday announced 11 more women judges will be inducted.


The four new women judges, S Ramathilagam, R Tharani, R Hemalatha and T Krishnavalli will be promoted from subordinate judiciary. Currently, the High Court has seven women Judges, including Chief Justice Indira Banerjee. The other women Judges at the Court are Dr. Justice S. Vimala, Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana, Justice V.M. Velumani, Justice J. Nisha Banu, Justice Anita Suman.

The other two judges who have been appointed are R Pongiappan and P Rajamanickam. Rajamanickam is the Registrar (Judicial) of the High Court and R Pongiappan is the Principal District Judge at Coimbatore.

In a male dominated field, women created history by heading four of the country’s historical HCs namely, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai with the appointment of Indira Banerjee as Chief justice of the Madras HC on March 31.

The Bombay HC has the highest number of women judges, 11, followed by the Delhi HC has the second highest representation of women judges, 10.

By Aparna Ganesan, with Agency inputs.