Madurai High Court judge Murali Shankar Kuppuraju and Justice Tamilselvi T. Valayapalayam on Thursday sworn in as a judge of the Madras High Court. This is the second instance in the history of Indian judiciary where a husband and wife have been sworn together.
Vivek Puri and Archana Puri were the first couple to be sworn in as Punjab and Haryana High Court judges last year.
In another achievement, the Madras High Court became the first High Court to have more female judges – 13 – when the four joined the jury on Thursday.
Besides the couple, G Chandrasekharan, AA Nakkiran, Sivagnanam Weerasamy, Ilangovan Ganesan, Ananti Subramanian, Kannammal Shanmuga Sundaram, Satikumar Sukumara Kurup and Manjula Ramaraju were sworn in.
In the new appointments, Justices Murali Shankar and Tamilselvi are the youngest and if appointed two years later as a permanent judge, they will serve the High Court for 10 years.
All 10 judges have been elevated by the subordinate judiciary of Tamil Nadu.
With appointments, the seating capacity of judges in court has increased from 53 to 63, as opposed to an approved force of 75.


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