Madras High Court Chief Justice Vijaya K Tahilramani has resigned
She had protested against the collegium's decision to not consider her request against transferring her to the Meghalaya High Court.
Days after the Supreme Court Collegium declined her request for reconsideration of transfer to Meghalaya, Madras High Court Chief Justice Vijaya K Tahilramani has resigned.
She tendered her resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind and sent a copy of it to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Friday night, official sources said. She had protested against the collegium's decision to not consider her request against transferring her to the Meghalaya High Court.
The collegium, headed by Chief Justice Gogoi, had recommended transfer of Justice Tahilramani, who was elevated as the Madras High Court's Chief Justice on August 8 last year, to the Meghalaya High Court. The collegium had recommended her transfer on August 28, after which she had made a representation requesting it to reconsider the proposal.
However, not acceding to her request for reconsideration of her transfer, the Collegium issued a statement saying, "The collegium has carefully gone through the aforesaid representation and taken into consideration all relevant factors. On reconsideration, the collegium is of the considered view that it is not possible to accede to her request.” This was communicated through the resolution dated September 3, which was uploaded on the apex court website. "The collegium, accordingly, reiterates its recommendation dated August 28, 2019 for transfer of Justice V K Tahilramani to Meghalaya High Court," it said.
Chief Justice of Madras High Court since August 2018, Tahilramani was due to retire in October 2020. Prior to her appointment as Chief Justice of Madras High Court in August 2018, Justice Tahilramani had been Acting Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court thrice since 2015. Before being appointed a judge of Bombay High Court in 2001, Tahilramani was a government pleader and public prosecutor for the Maharashtra government. While holding office as the acting chief justice of the Bombay High Court, Justice Tahilramani had in May 2017 upheld the conviction and life imprisonment of 11 people in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case, which was transferred to Maharashtra from Gujarat by the top court.
The apex court collegium -- also comprising justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana, Arun Mishra and R F Nariman -- has recommended that Meghalaya High Court's Chief Justice Justice A K Mittal be transferred to Madras High Court as its Chief Justice. It has also recommended transfer of Justice Vivek Agarwal of the Madhya Pradesh High Court to Allahabad High Court and Justice Amit Rawal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the Kerala High Court.