The Supreme Court collegium is believed to have proposed to transfer Madras High Court Chief Justice Vijaya Kamalesh Tahilramani to Meghalaya High Court as Chief Justice. While Madras High Court has a full strength of 75 judges, Meghalaya is the smallest, with just three judges, including the CJ. Justice Tahilramani is one of the senior most judges in the country. The collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, discussed Tahilramani’s transfer a few days ago and a final call is likely to be soon, according to reports. Justice Tahilramani has been Chief Justice of Madras since August 2018.
In her earlier tenure as acting Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, she had delivered several landmark judgments. The most notable was the Bilkis Bano case involving her gang rape during the Gujarat riots which followed the Godhra carnage in 2002. A truck in which she was fleeing was intercepted by the mob and attacked. Fourteen persons were killed and Bilkis was gang raped and left for dead. But she survived to tell the tale. The case was transferred from Gujarat to Bombay Court. As Acting CJ, Tahilramani upheld the life imprisonment awarded to 11.
She also set aside the acquittal of seven, including doctors and policemen, and convicted them on the charge of tampering with evidence. Tahilramani delivered the verdict on May 4, 2017. She was transferred to Madras High Court as CJ on August 12 that year. While taking a final call on her transfer, the Supreme Court is also expected to take a decision on where to post the current Meghalaya Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal. One report has said he may be transferred to Madras High Court.