NEW DELHI: On Friday, Justice Palanisamy Sathasivam became the second Tamil to take over as the chief justice of India when he was administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi.
Justice Mandakolathur Patanjali Sastri from Tamil Nadu had served as the second Chief Justice of India, from November 1951 to January 1954.
The 64-year-old Sathasivam is the 40th CJI. He comes from a farming family of Kadappanallur village in Erode district where his 85-year-old mother and two brothers still live in their village.
Interestingly, all top centres of power in India today are filled by people from all four corners of the country.
While President Pranab Mukherjee belongs to West Bengal, Vice President Hamid Ansari comes from Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from Punjab, and now Chief Justice Sathasivam from Tamil Nadu at the other end of the country. In fact, Speaker Meira Kumar comes from Bihar.
Justice Sathasivam, who has delivered many landmark judgments since his elevation to the Supreme Court of India, is a workaholic as he has never taken leave from work.
He was elevated to the Madras High Court bar in 1996, and appointed a Supreme Court judge in 2007.
Among the major judgments he has delivered as a Supreme Court justice include the1993 Bombay bomb blast case and the Jessica Lall murder case which saw Manu Sharma jailed for life.
Over 300 lawyers reportedly came from Tamil Nadu to be present at the swearing in of the Tamil Chief Justice of India. The new CJI has two sons – one is an engineer and another a businessman.
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