Staff Reporter

Regarding judges' strength in Bench

MADURAI:The Madras High Court Madurai Bench Advocates Association (MAHAA) has urged the acting Chief Justice Elipe Dharma Rao to ensure that only one-third of the judges' strength in the Madurai Bench comprised those who were elevated from the lower judiciary.

In a memorandum addressed to the acting Chief Justice, MAHAA claimed that the lawyers here had reached an understanding with the earlier Chief Justice Hemant Laxman Gokhale (who was elevated to the Supreme Court recently) that two-third of the judges' strength in the Madurai Bench would comprise those who were elevated from the Bar.

MAHAA secretary K.P. Thiyagarajan claimed the High Court had now planned to depute Justices M. Chockalingam, R. Sudhakar, M. Jeyapaul, A. Selvam, S. Palanivelu, R.S. Ramanathan, M. Duraiswamy, R. Mala, G.M. Akbar Ali, T. Mathivanan, A. Arumughaswamy and K.B.K. Vasuki after the summervacation, which ends on June 6.

“Of these judges, only three were from the Bar and nine from the service side. We sincerely feel that judges elevated from the lower judiciary should get an opportunity to serve in the Principal Seat in Chennai for a long time because it is where they would get more exposure.

Further, they would get an opportunity to hear lawyers coming from various parts of the country,” he said.

Mr. Thiyagarajan also urged the acting Chief Justice to give an opportunity to judges, who had been serving in the Madurai Bench for more than a year, to preside over court proceedings in the Principal Seat too.

As of now, only one judge had been serving in the Bench for more than a year.

Others were deputed to the Madurai Bench on a rotation basis every two months but for some exceptions.

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