Manjula Chellur (born 5 December 1955) is the first woman Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court, was the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court and the first female judge of the Karnataka High Court. Now she has taken the role of the Chief Justice Bombay High Court. Only the second lady to be in the post in 154 years history of the court.
She is know for her tough stands as per the constitutional provisions against high profile convicts. Her fame is like a iron lady on the chair.
Chellur was born in Karnataka. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Allum Sunmangalamma Women’s College, Bellary, and went on to earn her law degree from Renukacharya Law College, Bangalore. In 1977 the Supreme Court of India sponsored her on a Gender & Law fellowship to England’s University of Warwick. In 2013 Chellur received an honorary doctorate from Karnataka State Women’s University.
Chellur became the first female advocate to practice law in Bellary. She worked as a legal advisor, practising both civil and criminal law before the local Bellary courts.
In 1988 she was appointed as District and Sessions Judge; she served as the Principal and Sessions Judge for Kolar and Mysore. In addition to these positions she was also the Chief Judge of Court of Small Causes, and Principal Judge of the Family Court at Bangalore. On 21 February 2000 she was named judge of Karnataka High Court.
Chellur served as the President of the Karnataka Judicial Academy from 21 June 2008 to 25 March 2010. She was also the executive chairperson of Karnataka State Legal Service Authority. On 9 November 2011 she was appointed Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, and since 26 September 2012 she has been the Chief Justice of Kerala.
CM congratulates Justice Manjula Chellur on being sworn in as the Chief Justice of Mumbai High Court at RajBhawan pic.twitter.com/3H2NmJDyNB
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) August 22, 2016
Justice Manjula Chellur takes over as the second woman Chief Justice in the 154-yr-old history of Bombay High Courthttps://t.co/fTlw1BXfh6
— NewsX (@NewsX) August 22, 2016
Congratulations , Manjula Chellur. pic.twitter.com/4lMLicP81k
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) August 23, 2016
Justice Manjula Chellur sworn in as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.
Photos: PTI pic.twitter.com/dBECN0xgwZ
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) August 22, 2016