Vijaya K Tahilramani on Friday presented a report card that documented her disposal of over 5,000 cases during her year-long tenure in Madras. Tahilramani had earlier resigned as Madras High Court Chief Justice after being transferred to Meghalaya. The former judge was present at an event organised by the Madras Bar Association. Tahilramani, who hails from Maharashtra, showered praises on the Chennai city, stating that she had earlier decided on settling here in lieu of the climatic conditions and ‘excellent’ infrastructure.
This happens to be Tahilramani’s first public appearance since her resignation on September 6. She stated that due to the assistance of the entire Bar she was able to dispose of at least 70-80 cases per day and a total of 5,040 cases throughout her tenure as the Chief Justice. Vijaya K Tahilramani had stayed away from court till the time her resignation was accepted. The Supreme Court Collegium later appointed Vineet Kothari as the acting Chief Justice. Justice Tahilramani resigned days after the collegium had declined her request to reassess her transfer to the Meghalaya High Court. This had ensued into a major controversy as lawyers in Madras as well as Maharashtra started coming out in protest against the collegium’s decision. Justice Tahilramani on Friday stated the reasons why she has decided to settle down in Chennai instead of going back to Mumbai.
"I got slowly attached to Chennai in the last one year because of its climate, less pollution and excellent infrastructure with roads connected throughout the state. My husband and I decided to settle down here and so we bought a flat. Chennai has always been the place (of transit) whenever my family travels to Tirupati and also to several places we have travelled down the southern districts. However, fate had different things in store," she said, referring to the recent developments, adding she would now think again on settling down in Chennai.
Justice Tahilramani was appointed as a Judge of the Bombay High Court on June 26, 2001. The former Chief Justice was lauded by the entire Bar which included the president A R L Sundaresan, who stated that she had even written to the Governments of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu stating that she was not interested in taking up post-retirement assignments. S Manikumar, Senior Judge of the Madras High Court also commented on the Tahilramani, stating that the former Chief Justice was very cooperative and took quick decisions on all requests raised by the judges. There were several other senior judges and members of the Bar present in the event held for Tahilramani on Friday.