In a first, the First Court of the Madras High Court has been adorned by two women Judges- Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice V. Bhavani Subbaroyan.
Justice Indira Banerjee was appointed as the Chief Justice of the High Court in March this year. She is the second woman Judge to head the Court, after Justice Kanta Kumari Bhatnagar (June – November, 1992).
Born on 24 September, 1957, Justice Banerjee enrolled as an Advocate in 1985, and had practiced in both original and appellate sides of Calcutta High Court. She was appointed as permanent Judge of Calcutta High Court on 5 February, 2002, and was subsequently transferred to Delhi High Court on August 8, 2016.
With Justice Banerjee’s appointment, four major High Courts of India—Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi and Madras—are now being headed by women Chief Justices.
While this is a first for Madras HC, the Delhi High Court has often had two women Judges in its First Court, with Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal heading the Court.
In WhatsApp response to our query Advocate Vasantha Kumar said;
"Justice Kantha Kumari Bhatnagar, from Rajasthan was the first women served as Chief Justice during 15.06.1992 to 14.11.1992.
Ever since, Justice Indira Banerjee, from West Bengal is the Second Honourable women Chief Justice assumed the exalted constitutional position on 05.04.2017, presiding over the First Bench with the combination of Justice Bhavani Subbroyan, who sworn in as additional judge on 28.06.17.
It's unique in the chequered history of Madras High Court that the First Bench of the Chartered High Court is adorned by Honourable women Judges"