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High Court gets 5 additional judges

K. Venkataraman

K. Venkataraman  

A. Subramani

The overall strength is 43 against the sanctioned strength of 49

CHENNAI: Five Additional Judges have been appointed in the Madras High Court, taking its overall strength to 43. They will be sworn in on July 31. The sanctioned strength of the High Court is 49.

The President appointed K. Venkataraman, K. Chandru, V. Ramasubramaniam, S. Manikumar and A. Selvam Additional Judges, in that order of seniority.

K. Venkataraman enrolled as an advocate on August 29, 1973. He specialises in writ, civil, appellate and original side cases and has appeared for top educational institutions and BSNL employees' association.

Krishnaswami Chandru was born in 1951 at Srirangam. Enrolled as an advocate in 1976, he appeared for a number of cases relating to human rights and freedom of the Press and has consistently championed the cause of the underprivileged. He was designated as a senior advocate with effect from November 1997.

Elected to the Bar Council for Tamil Nadu in 1983, Mr. Chandru was instrumental in drafting the Tamil Nadu Advocate Fund Act and has been actively associated with the legal aid movement for over 30 years. He has been the adjunct faculty of the Asian College of Journalism, the visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Administrative Staff College of Madras University.

The 48-year-old Ramasubramaniam belongs to Mannargudi. He entered the Bar in February 1983 and practised in civil, labour and service matters. He was a panel advocate for the Oriental Insurance Company and the Tamil Nadu Minerals. Son of Justice K. Swamidurai, S. Manikumar is a second-generation judge. He was Additional Government Pleader from August 1996 to January 2001.

Mr. Manikumar was panel counsel for the BSNL, Airports Authority of India and the Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation.

Appointed Senior Central Government Standing Counsel in July 2004, he was re-designated Assistant Solicitor-General of India.

The only service judge in the list is A. Selvam. He was appointed district munsif in May 1986. He was promoted as sub-judge in 1989 and as a District Judge in 1997.

He is the Registrar (Vigilance) of the Madras High Court.

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