President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday appointed 15 judges to Madras High Court and five additional judges to Kerala High Court. A notification to that effect has been published by the Law Minister.
The newly-appointed additional judges of Kerala High Court are Sathish Ninan, Devan Ramachandran, Somarajan P., Shircy V. and Aettupanku Mohammedkhan Babu.
The newly-appointed judges of Madras High Court are A.M. Basheer Ahamed, T. Ravindran, S. Baskaran, P. Velmurugan, G. Jayachandran, C.V. Karthikeyan, V. Parthiban, R. Subramanian, M. Govindaraj, M. Sundar, R. Suresh Kumar, Nisha Banu, M.S. Ramesh, S.M. Subramaniam and Anita Sumanth.
Senior Advocate Devan Ramachandran is the son of Senior Advocate Barrister M.P.R. Nair and Rathi Nair. Devan Ramachandran did his schooling from Bhavan’s Vidyalaya, Ernakulam, and, thereafter, took his law degree from Government Law College, Ernakulam.
He started practice in 1991, under the guidance of his father. He was conferred with ‘senior’ designation by the High Court of Kerala, in 2015.
Devan Ramachandran and his father are credited to be the first and lone father-son duo till date to be designated as senior advocates by the High Court of Kerala. Devan Ramachandran is further credited to have practiced in various modern branch of laws, including corporate, company and constitutional matters.
In recognition of his eminence, the Kerala High Court had engaged his services to be its advocate when he was 35 years, making him the youngest one to do so till date.
Devan was also standing counsel for the CBSE, various banking institutions, including the Indian Banks Association, the principal financial advisory mechanism to Reserve Bank of India.
The High Court of Kerala had recently appointed Devan to assist as an amicus curiae in a suo motu Public Interest Litigation pertaining to the illegal trafficking of children from North India to Kerala.
Advocate Sathish Ninan, who hails from Tiruvalla, is the son of former District Judge O.N. Ninan and Nalini Ninan.
His paternal grandfather O.C. Ninan, too, was a senior lawyer. Sathish Ninan was the first rank holder in Law from the Kerala University in 1990. He did his post graduation in contract Law. He started practice in 1990 under his father.
He later transferred his practice to the High Court of Kerala in 1995, under Senior Advocate S. Venkita Subrahmonya Iyer. He started practice independently in 2001, by forming his law firm with advocate Santhosh Mathew. He also held the position of standing counsel to various commercial institutions and corporate houses.
Judicial Academy director A.M. Babu, who hails from Kanjirappally in Kottayam district, is the son of the late T.H. Mohammed Khan and the late Khadeeja Khan.
He obtained his Law degree from Udupi Law College and, thereafter, got enrolled as an advocate in 1981 and started practice under advocate K. George in Kottayam.
He joined the services of the state subordinate judiciary in 1988, as Munsiff, Kozhikode. He was promoted as Sub Judge in 1992, and further promoted as District Judge in 2002.
Read the notifications here.