Special Correspondent

Details of assets of judges put in public domain

Judges have given details of their assets and that of their spouses, dependent children

Disclosure was in terms of resolution passed at meeting of Full Court on September 3

CHENNAI: Chief Justice of the Madras High Court H.L. Gokhale has a total savings of Rs.38.78 lakh in three bank branches in Mumbai, Allahabad and Chennai, according to the declaration of assets of judges which was put in public domain on Friday.

At present, the High Court has a strength of 54 judges. The judges have given details of assets in their names and in the names of their spouses and dependent children. The declaration was voluntary.

The disclosure of assets was in terms of the resolution passed at a meeting of the Full Court on September 3.

The Chief Justice has no fixed deposits. The investment in shares is in 15 companies, including Reliance Industries Ltd (192 shares), Cummins India Ltd (700 shares) and Brihan Maharashtra Sugar Syndicate Ltd. (700 shares). He has explained that all the shares were purchased by his father during his lifetime. He inherited them when his father died in November 1999. The shares were given to him and his wife by his Will. He has no jewellery or vehicle in his name.

The Chief Justice’s wife, Meena Hemant Gokhale, was a professor in Ram Narain Ruia College, Mumbai, for 34 years and took voluntary retirement in April 2007. She has invested a total of Rs.29 lakh under various schemes. She has a flat on Tardeo Road, Mumbai, which was inherited from her father by virtue of the nomination made by him in her favour and his Will.

The next in command at the High Court, Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya has a 3,300 sq.ft. house at North Sri Krishnapuri, Patna, valued at Rs.12 lakh. He has another flat, jointly with his wife Chandrai Mukhopadhaya at Indirapuram in Ghaziabad valued at Rs.40 lakh. The source of purchase was bank and personal loans.

Justice Elipe Dharma Rao has no fixed deposits either in his name or his wife’s name. Neither has invested in shares. While he has no jewellery in his name, his wife has 10 sovereigns.

Justice F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla has about 70 sovereigns of gold jewellery purchased during his practice as lawyer and after his elevation for his wife Amira Kalifulla and his daughter from his savings. He also has 22 sovereigns gifted by his mother to his daughter Nahla Fathima. His wife has 100 sovereigns gifted by her parents during her wedding.

Another senior judge, K. Raviraja Pandian, has a total of Rs.77 lakh in savings, which include Rs.49.26 lakh in (HUF) Canara Bank. Of the HUF amount, Rs.23 lakh was the sale consideration of the land and building in Pazhavatthankattali village near Kumbakonam. The land was purchased in 1991, construction was done the next year and the property sold in 2009. The purchase was prior to his elevation.

Justice K. Chandru has a two-bedroom flat at Mylapore purchased in 1995 for about Rs.12.50 lakh. It was purchased out of the sale of a flat, loan from Indbank Housing Ltd and professional income.

His wife, employed as associate professor in a private aided college, has a three-bedroom flat at Abhiramapuram, which cost Rs.33 lakh in 2000. This was purchased out of his income and that of his wife. In his savings, the Judge has a total of Rs.38.37 lakh in Canara Bank and Karur Vysya Bank.