The Hon'ble Justice Dr. Manjula Chellur
Former Chief Justice
Time Period:05-Aug-2014 to 21-Aug-2016
Born on 05.12.1955 at Bellary as daughter of Shri C. Bheemappa Chetty and Smt. Rangamma. After completing B.A. Degree from Allum Sumangalamma Womens’ College, Bellary, joined Renukacharya Law College, Bangalore and obtained LL.B Degree in the year 1977. Had an opportunity to visit the Crown Court at Hurham, U.K. during her stay in England for about one year. Enrolled as an Advocate on 11.08.1978. She was the first lady advocate to practice at Bellary. Served as legal advisor for several Banks, Agro Industries, KEB, KMF & APMC. Handled several important cases both on civil and criminal sides. Joined Karnataka Judicial Service as District Judge on 15.04.1988. Got fellowship on Gender and Law in 1997 at Warwick University in England. Appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Karnataka (first Lady Judge) on 21.02.2000 and permanent Judge on 17.08.2000. She was the President of the Karnataka Judicial Academy from 21.06.2008 to 25.03.2010. She was also the Executive Chairperson of the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority. As Executive Chairperson, she had worked for the welfare of transgenders and arranged seminars throughout the State. On transfer to the Kerala High Court, assumed charge as Acting Chief Justice on 09.11.2011. Became Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court on 26.09.2012. In recognition of the outstanding contributions in the field of law the Karnataka State Womens’ University, Bijapur honoured her with a degree of Doctor of Law (Honoris Causa) at the fourth annual convocation held on 3rd March, 2013 at Bijapur. Took charge as Chief Justice, High Court at Calcutta on 05/08/2014.