Justice Darmar Murugesan was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Delhi high court on Wednesday. Justice Murugesan (62), who was a judge of the Madras high court, was administered the oath of office by Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna during a function at Raj Niwas at 10am.
Justice Murugesan replaced Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri, who has been appointed as Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court.On his first day in office, Justice Murugesan took account of various problems affecting the Capital, besides hearing public interest litigations on water problems in Dwarka, city's rapidly drying water bodies, pollution of Yamuna, plight of prisoners in Tihar and educational rights of the differently-abled.
Eager to solve local issues, he was seen frequently consulting Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, a Delhi resident, who shared the Bench with him.
In another case, he directed the Railway Board to consider the suggestions of experts on issues of public safety for the Katra-Qazigund rail link project, connecting Jammu to Srinagar, after it was alleged that apprehensions about the current alignment had been ignored.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and other judges. Justice Murugesan's family was also present.
Born on June 10, 1951, Justice Murugesan was appointed as a judge of the Madras high court on March 2, 2000. This was more than 24 years after he enrolled as a member of the Bar on August 27, 1975.
He was made a permanent judge of the Madras high court on June 13, 2001.