President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday accepted the resignation of Madras High Court Chief Justice V K Tahilramani tendered after her transfer to Meghalaya High Court.
Justice Vineet Kothari, the senior-most judge of the Madras High Court, will be the acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court till further orders, according to an official notification. Justice Kothari will officiate till Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice A K Mittal assumes charge as the new CJ.
The official communication has said Tahilramani’s resignation will take effect from Sept 6 when she put in her papers. Justice Tahilramani, one of the seniormost judges in the country who was due to retire in October next year, resigned after the Supreme Court collegium refused to take back its order of Aug 28 posting her as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, the smallest in the country.
With the President accepting her resignation, a petition filed by Madras High Court advocate M Karpagagam challenging the transfer has become in fructuous. A division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayana and N Seshasayee, had adjourned it to September 25 to decide on admissibility. She is expected to withdraw the petition at the next hearing.