Justice V K Tahilramani, who has resigned as Chief Justice of the Madras High Court after her transfer to Meghalaya, has said she has decided to settle down in Chennai and “my husband and I have bought a house here.''
Speaking at a farewell function organized by the Madras Bar Association, Tahilramani thanked all fellow judges and members of the bar who stood by her in the last one month after she quit following the Supreme Court collegium declined her request to reconsider its Aug 28 decision to transfer her from one of the three chartered high courts to Meghalaya, the smallest in the country.
Tahilramani, who was earlier acting Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, came on transfer a year ago as Chief Justice of the Madras High Court.
She said, “I always liked Chennai which I used to visit whenever I came down from Mumbai to go to Tirupati temple”. Unlike Mumbai, which is ravaged by rains every monsoon, Chennai always has a temperate climate and the people are hospitable. Compared to Mumbai, Chennai also had lesser pollution and the infrastructure.
Tahilramani said her bond with Chennai deepened in the last one year and therefore she decided to settle down here. She said that as Madras CJ, she had disposed of over 5,000 cases and she could take justifiable pride in that. She thanked her fellow judge in the first bench M Duraisamy for that.
Madras Bar Association president A R L Sundaresan disclosed that she had written to Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Governments not to provide accommodation after her retirement. (Tahilramani has quit one year before she was to retire in October next year).
Justice S Manikumar said she had good rapport with all judges and she promptly acted on their work-related requests. The farewell function was attended other judges like M M Sundaresan, M S Ramesh, Jayachandran, Dhandapani and Satishkumar and many leading advocates.