Lawyers protest today in support of Madras HC CJ Tahilramani

Around 1,800 members of the Madras High Court Advocates’ Association will not be appearing in any cases today (September 10) to protest against the transfer of Madras high court Chief Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani.

According to president of the association, G. Mohanakrishnan, “The manner in which her transfer was decided and announced was very undemocratic. This will affect the independence of judges and their power to individually decide on cases.”

The Madras Bar Association (MBA) has also endorsed the proposed boycott, following an extraordinary general body held this afternoon. Speaking to Bar & Bench, President of the MBA and Senior Advocate, ARL Sundaresan confirmed it.

Days after the Supreme Court Collegium declined her request for reconsideration of transfer to Meghalaya, Tahilramani has resigned. Tahilramani tendered her resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind and sent a copy of it to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Friday night.

Tahilramani abstained from court proceedings on Monday amid a controversy over her transfer to the Meghalaya High Court. A notice issued by the assistant registrar of the Madras High court on Monday read, “The Honourable Chief Justice is not sitting in court on 09/09/2019,”

According to Bar and Bench, the notice read, “Urgent Motions and Admissions in Public Interest Litigations relating to Rights of Women and Children filed on or after 1 January 2019 (all stages) Public Interest Litigations and writ appeals or writ petitions relating to unauthorised constructions, land encroachments (including in forest land) (all stages) writ petitions or civil revision petitions relating to the decisions of Debts Recovery Tribunals and Debt Recovery Apellate Tribunal moved if any are permitted to be moved before the Honourable Division bench consisting of Dr. Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice C Saravanan in court 2 on Monday, ” the notice said.