A. Subramani

Sitting strength has now gone up to 45

The sanctioned strength of the Court is 49

The judges will be sworn in on November 12

CHENNAI: The President on Monday appointed three more Judges to the Madras High Court, taking the sitting strength of the court to 45, as against the sanctioned strength of 49.

Of the three, Justice K.K. Sasidharan has been elevated from the Bar, the other two – Justice M. Venugopal and Justice V. Periyakaruppiah – are service Judges.

Born in October 1957, Justice Sasidharan is from Mahe in Puducherry. After his early education in Mahe, he did his Bachelor of Law from the Government Law College in Puducherry. He was enrolled as an advocate in 1983.

Mr. Justice Sasidharan started appearing in the High Courts in Madras and Kerala from 1992, and commenced his full-time practice here from 1994.

Appointed Additional Government Pleader-cum-Additional Public Prosecutor for the Government of Puducherry, he is continuing as law officer of that State till date. He has practised in civil, criminal, tax and constitutional law matters.

Born in May 1957, Justice Venugopal is from Chennai and did his degree in English Literature from the Pachayppa’s College here. He obtained both B.L. and M.L. degrees from the Madras Law College.

After enrolling as an advocate in January 1981, Mr. Justice Venugopal entered the service in February 1989 after being directly recruited as Sub-Judge. He has served as Sub-Judge in Ariyalur, Tirupattur and Kumbakonam, and as District Judge of Virudhunagar.

He was Registrar (Judicial) of the High Court for over three years. He is at present Presiding Officer of the Industrial Tribunal here.

Born in October 1950, Justice Periyakaruppiah belongs to Theni district.

After his school education at P.H.N. High School in Kamatchipuram, he did his degree course from the V.H.N.S.N. College in Virudhunagar. He obtained law degree from the Madras Law College in 1974. He was enrolled as an advocate in August 1974.

After practising in Madurai, he was directly appointed Sub-Judge in 1989. He has served in Villupuram, Thiruvallur, Chennai and Cuddalore. He was Registrar (Vigilance) of the High Court for nearly three years, and was also the first Registrar (Judicial) of the Madurai Bench of the High Court.

At present he is the Principal Judge, City Civil Court in Chennai.

The new Judges are scheduled to be sworn in by Chief Justice A.P. Shah on November 12, sources said.