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Four new judges for High Court

By Our Legal Correspondent


NEW DELHI, OCT. 12 . The President has appointed Kuttiyil Mathew Joseph, Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan, Ramkumar Vadakkedath and Kolangaredath Hema as judges of the Kerala High Court. Their appointment comes into effect from the date they assume charge of the office.

Kerala Bureau adds: Kolangaredath Hema, District and Sessions Judge of Palakkad, has served as the Additional District and Sessions Judge in Thrissur and Thiruvanathapuram.

Ms. Hema, 53, has also worked as the Principal District and Sessions Judge in Ernakulam, Palakkad, Wayanad and Idukki.


She was a judge of the family court and State Transport Appellate Tribunal, Ernakulam. She took over as the District and Sessions Judge of Palakkad on May 15.

Ms. Hema graduated from Malabar Christian College and took LLB from Government Law College, Kozhikode. She had her special training in "Gender and Law'' from the University of Warwick, U.K., in 1999 and has attended several seminars and training programmes on the subject organised by National Judicial Academy. Ms. Hema started her practice under the late K. Bhaskaran Nair, a well-known criminal lawyer of Calicut Bar, in 1976. She was directly recruited to the Higher Judicial Service.

Ms. Hema has pronounced judgments in some sensational cases in the State such as the "Abu murder case" and the "Ali Musaliyar murder case."

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The newly appointed High Court Judge, V. Ramkumar, has been the State Law Secretary since September 2000.


He was also holding the post of the chairman of the Air Appellate Authority, Water Appellate Authority and the Appellate Authority under the Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, besides functioning as one of the ex-officio directors of Kerala Transport Development Finance Corporation and Kerala State Road Transport Corporation.

Mr. Ramkumar, 54, was the District and Sessions Judge of Thiruvananthapuram from July 1999 to September 2000 and Thodupuzha (Idukki district) from July 1992 to May 1995. Among several other judicial assignments that came his way, since his recruitment as a district judge in 1988, was the post of the Special Judge for the Idamalayar Investigation.

He had his school and college education in Ernakulam and Irinjalakkuda, before going to the Government Law College at Churchgate, Mumbai, for his law degree. He started his legal practice in the Kerala High Court in 1979, as a junior to P. C. Balakrishna Menon, who later was elevated to the Bench and recently retired as the Kerala Lok Ayukta.

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Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan had his schooling at St. Joseph's School and Government Boys High School, Kollam, and Arya Central School, Thiruvananthapuram and Fatima Matha National College, Kolllam. He took B.Sc. degree from the University of Kerala.


He studied law at K.G.F. Law College, Kalar Gold Fields. He enrolled as a lawyer in 1983 and practised in Thiruvananthapuram. In 1988 he shifted his practice to the High Court as junior to P. Sukumaran Nayar. He specialised in civil constitutional and administrative laws. He was a member of the Rules Committee of the High Court.

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K.M. Joseph had his education at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Kochi and Delhi. Mr. Joseph, son of former Supreme Court judge and former Advocate General the late K.K. Mathew, had his college education at Loyola College, Chennai. He had studied law at Government Law College, Ernakulam.

He was enrolled as a lawyer in 1982 and, started his practice at the Delhi High Court. He has been practising at the Kerala High Court and subordinate courts since 1983.

He began practice in Kochi under the eminent lawyer Varghese Kalliath, who later became the High Court Judge.

He set up independent practice in 1986 and, specialised mainly in civil and writ jurisdiction matters.

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