Special Correspondent

Chief Justice to administer oath of office

CHENNAI: Fourteen persons, who have been appointed Additional Judges of the Madras High Court, will be sworn in on March 31. They will be administered the oath of office by Chief Justice H.L.Gokhale.

A serving District Judge, R.Mala, is at present Registrar-General of the Madras High Court, the first woman to adorn the post. Born on March 15, 1955 in an agricultural family in Cuddalore, she did her B.A. (Economics) at C.Kandasamy Naidu College for Women, Cuddalore, and law degree in Annamalai University. She joined the office of A.Vaidyanathan, a fourth generation advocate at Cuddalore, as a junior in 1982 and practised in various courts. She was selected as a Sub-Judge (Senior Division) in 1989.

Born in Madurai on March 26, 1953, Aruna Jagadeesan graduated from Queen Mary’s College. She did law from Madras University in 1978. Enrolled in August 1978, she joined the office of S.Pichai and later set up independent practice along with her husband. She joined the judicial service in February 1989 as a direct Sub-Judge. She is at present Registrar, Vigilance, High Court.

G.M.Akbar Ali, a District Judge is the Member-Secretary, National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi. Born on November 23, 1952 at Vallam in Thanjavur district, Mr.Akbar Ali graduated in science from Jamal Mohamed College at Tiruchirappalli in 1973. He studied law in Madras Law College and joined the office of Habibullah Badsha, senior advocate. He was selected as a Sub-Judge (Civil Judge Senior Division) in 1989. He was the Member-Secretary of the Tamil Nadu State Legal Services Authority and Director of the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Academy.

R.S.Ramanathan is a second generation lawyer. His father R.V.Sankaranarayanan was practising till his 84th year in courts at Tirunelveli. Born on June 16, 1953, Mr.Ramanathan graduated in Chemistry from St.John’s College, Tirunelveli. After completing his B.L. from Madras Law College, he was enrolled in August 1976. He has been practising with the assistance of his wife Uma at both the Madurai Bench and the Principal Seat of the Madras High Court.

Hailing from Karnatham village in Cuddalore district, C.S.Karnan (53) studied B.Sc. in New College, Royapettah, and later B.L. in Madras Law College. He was Legal Adviser to the Madras Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Government Advocate (civil suits) and Central Government Standing Counsel in Madras High Court.

Forty-seven year old T.Raja was born at Thenur in Madurai district and did B.A. from Madura College, M.A (Social Work) in Madurai and B.L. in Law College, Madurai. After enrolment, he started practising in the High Court from June 1988. After two-and-a-half years, he shifted his practice to the Supreme Court. In February 2008, he was appointed Additional Advocate-General at the Madurai Bench of the High Court.

Raja.Elango is the Public Prosecutor, Madras High Court. Fifty-three year old Mr.Elango is a native of Durgaikoil in Tiruvarur district. He graduated from AVC College, Mayiladuthurai, and Government College, Mannargudi. He did B.L from Madras Law College and was enrolled in November 1978. He was City Public Prosecutor, Chennai, and a Senior Standing Counsel for the Central government.

Hailing from an agricultural family at Nedumbirai in Cheyyar taluk in Tiruvannamalai district, N.Kirubakaran (49) is a practising for the past 23 years in civil, writ, arbitration and consumer protection matters. A chemistry graduate from Arignar Anna Government Arts College, Cheyyar, Mr.Kirubakaran did post graduation in public management in Madras University. He studied law at Madras Law College. Enrolled in September 1985, he worked under Habibullah Badsha, senior advocate.

T.S. Sivagnanam (45) is the son of a retired Professor of Surgery, Madras Medical College, T.S.Subbiah. His great grandfathers, T.A.Subbiah Pillai and C.S.Lakshmana Pillai, were District and Sessions Judges of the erstwhile Madras Presidency and Travancore State.

A Zoology graduate from Loyola College here, Mr.Sivagnanam did his B.L. from Madras Law College. Enrolled in September 1986, he joined as a junior of R.Gandhi, senior advocate. Later, he set up independent practice. He was an Additional Central Government Standing Counsel.

Fifty-three year old B.Rajendran is a graduate in commerce and law and a diploma holder in criminology and forensic science. Mr.Rajendran enrolled himself in November 1978. He started practising at Tiruchirappalli under his father G.Balasundaram.

He was an Additional Public Prosecutor in Tiruchirappalli and later a Public Prosecutor, Tiruchirappalli district. He shifted his practice to the Madras High Court in 1994 and has been practising in civil, criminal and writ jurisdictions.

A native of Erumpadi in Madurai district, 48-year-old M.Duraiswamy is a B.Com. graduate from Sowdeswari College, Salem. He did law from Madras Law College.

His father D.Muthuvel was a retired District Judge. Mr.Duraiswamy has been practising in the Madras High Court since 1987. He had worked as a junior under Justice A.S.Venkatachalamoorthy, Chairman, State Human Rights Commission and former Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court.

Hailing from Erode, M.M.Sundresh was born on July 21, 1962. He graduated in history from Loyola College here and did B.L. from Madras Law College. Mr.Sundresh enrolled himself in 1985 and practised on civil, writ and criminal sides in the High Court. He worked as a Government Advocate between 1991 and 1996.

An Additional Public Prosecutor, High Court, C.T.Selvam was born on February 9, 1957. Graduating in commerce from Loyola College here, he did his B.L. in Madras Law College. He enrolled himself in September 1982. He was appointed Additional Public Prosecutor in June 2006.

Mr.Selvam is the grandson of Rao Bahadur Sir A.T.Pannirselvam, Barrister-at Law. On its formation, Tiruvarur district was named after him. His father, A.A.Selvam, was an Assistant Public Prosecutor, High Court.

D. Hariparanthaman belongs to a rural agricultural family in Tiruvallur and was first to enter school in his family.

He was associated with NGR Prasad, Senior Advocate, in many cases. He worked with Justice K. Chandru when he was Senior Counsel as the Advocate on Record and was entrusted with all the labour matters handled by him.