Justice Vineet Kothari was sworn in the Acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court on Friday, September 20, stated news agency ANI on Saturday, September 21. This appointment has been made soon after President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the resignation of Madras High Court Chief Justice VK Tahilramani.

Her resignation has been accepted with effect from September 6, according to a government notification.

She had resigned after the Supreme Court collegium declined her request for reconsideration of transfer to Meghalaya. 

With Justice Vineet Kothari, the number of Madras High Court judges has increased to 61 as against the sanctioned strength of 75 judges. Notably, Vineet Kothari’s oath at the Madras High Court was administered by Tahilramani.

He will be second in the seniority list after the transfer of Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh to the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

Prior to his transfer to the Madras High Court, Kothari was a judge in the Karnataka High Court. He had previously been a judge in the Rajasthan High Court for 11 years.

As a lawyer, Kothari had practised tax and other commercial and constitutional laws, arbitration and company law for 20 years.