Manjula Chellur, the chief justice of Calcutta high court has been appointed as CJ of Bombay HC. She will assume charge by August 24.
She replaces CJ Dhirendra Hiralal Waghela who retired on August 10. He hailed from Gujarat and was appointed Bombay HC CJ on February 15 this year being transferred as CJ from Orissa HC.
The new CJ will be the only second woman CJ of the Bombay HC since its inception.
Born in December 1955 at Bellary in Karnataka she got a law degree in 1977. She joined the Karnataka judicial service as district judge in 1988 after ten years as a lawyer. Her rise was rapid and in 2000 she became a permanent judge or the Karnataka HC. After another decade she assumed charge as Kerala HC acting CJ in November 2011 before becoming the Chief Justice there in September 2012.
Her transfer to Calcutta HC as a CJ was in August 2014. She is scheduled to retire as as CJ in 2017.
As a lawyer too she had distinctions. She was the First Lady lawyer to practice at Bellary and has been to Warwick University in England on a Gender and Law fellowship in 1997.
COURTESY: Times of India
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