05.12.1955 at Bellary as daughter of Shri C. Bheemappa Chetty and Smt.
B.A. Degree from Allum Sumangalamma Womens’ College, Bellary, joined
Renukacharya Law College, Bangalore and obtained LL.B Degree in the
Had an opportunity to visit the
Crown Court at Hurham, U.K. during her stay in England for about one
Enrolled as an Advocate on
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.
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
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
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
Took charge as Chief Justice, High Court at
Calcutta on 05/08/2014.