'2.48 lakh pending cases cleared during Jain tenure'

CHENNAI, AUG. 30. Mr. Justice Nagendra Kumar Jain transferred to the Karnataka High Court as its Chief Justice was given a warm farewell today and Mr. Justice Kaladiparambil Narayana Kurup assumed charge as the acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court.

The Advocate-General of Tamil Nadu, Mr. N. R. Chandran, said a record 2.48 lakh pending cases were disposed of during Mr. Jain's tenure.

He also cited the direct recruitment of judicial officers through the TNPSC, opening of a Tamil Nadu Judicial Academy and execution of over 20,000 pending non-bailable warrants as major achievements during the period.

Noting that learning was a continuous process, Mr. Jain said he admired the south Indian culture which gave a scope to learn and improve. He would assume charge in the Karnataka High Court tomorrow.

All judges of the court, the Additional Advocate- General, State Public Prosecutor and heads of advocates' associations participated.

Later, on receipt of a notification from the Union Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs appointing Mr. Kurup as the acting Chief Justice to ``perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice'', he assumed office in the afternoon.

Born in 1939, he enrolled himself in the Kerala High Court in 1964. He was sworn in additional judge of the court in 1992 and made permanent judge on January 1, 1994. He was transferred to the Madras High Court on November 1, 2000.

Among his notable judgments are the one banning smoking of tobacco in any form in public places, ban on display of carcass of slaughtered animals and an order stressing fundamental rights for circus animals.