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Hon'ble Thiru. Justice M. Nirmal Kumar

Hon'ble Thiru. Justice M. Nirmal Kumar

Date of Birth
Family Background
My Father Late.V.Murugesan, served as Addl.Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Thereafter employed as State Marketing Manager, IFFCO and as Consultant to KRIBHCO.
My Mother Mrs.M.Seshabai is a home maker.
My Wife Mrs.Shoba Nirmal has completed Engineering from PSG College of Engg. & Technology, Coimbatore. She is a Home maker.
My Daughter Ms.Divya. N.Kumar is pursuing her House Surgency in Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Course in Priyadarshini Dental College, Tiruvallur.
I have two elder brothers, one elder sister and one younger brother.
My eldest brother is Professor Dr.M.Rajkumar, M.S, DNB, MCH, is a Vascular Surgeon. He retired as Director, Vascular Dept., Rajiv Gandhi Govt. General Hospital, Chennai. My eldest sister in law, Dr.Namitha Bhuvaneswari, retired as Director, Govt. Eye Hospital, Chennai.
My second elder brother M.Ravikumar, B.Tech.(IIT Madras), MBA, Senior Manager, Indian Oil Corporation(Retired). My second sister-in-law is a home maker.
My sister Dr.M.Thilagavathy is a private Medical practitioner married to Er.Murali, employed as Assistant Executive Engineer, Electricity Department, Govt.of Puducherry.
My younger brother M.Balakumar, M.E.,MBA, is Assistant Professor in Sree Venkateswara Engineering College, Sriperumbudur.
Educational Qualifications
Schooling at Santhome Hr. Sec. School, Chennai.
Bachelor of Law, (5 year Integrated Law Course) from The Madras Law College affiliated to the Madras University
Post Graduate Diploma in Personal Management and Industrial Relations from Madras School of Social Work
(a) Date of enrolment : 13-09-1989

(b) Years of practice : 25 years.

(c) Places & the courts Practised :

High Court of Judicature at Madras and at Madurai Bench.
Handling trial work before the Sessions Courts, Special Courts for CBI Cases, Special Court for V& AC Cases, Special Court under Tamil Nadu Protection of Investors of Depositors Act and Mahila Court.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Addl.CMM/Economic Offences Courts and other Metropolitan Magistrate Courts in Chennai.
District and Sessions Courts in and around Chennai and other Districts.
Principal Sessions Judge/Special Judge at Puducherry.
Human Rights Commission.
State Consumer Redressal Commission.
Commissioner, Disciplinary Proceedings.
Customs Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal.

(d) Nature of practice :

Primarily on Criminal side.
Predominantly dealing with Cases under Prevention of Corruption Act, PMLA Act, Cyber Crime, Human Rights and other allied acts.
Consumer Protection Act.
Tamil Nadu Protection of Investors of Depositors Act (In Financial Establishments).
Customs, Central Excise, NDPS, Essential Commodities Act, Mines and Minerals Act
On the Appellate, Revisional jurisdictions and Trials.
Matters pertaining to Temples under HR&CE Act.

(e) The field of specialization : Criminal Law

After enrolment, I joined the Office of (late) K.Asokan, Senior Advocate and got trained under him.
I was selected through Staff Selection Commission Examination joined Central Excise Department as Inspector on 18-4-1994 and resigned on 13-3-1996.
Through Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission selected for the post of Assistant Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Cultural Endowment Department, I joined HR&CE on 14-3-1996 and resigned and relieved from service on 6-6-1997.
I am a first generation lawyer, the independency its flavour and passion for the profession, made me to resign and take back to legal profession.
During the period from 18-4-1994 to 25-6-1997 I had voluntarily suspended practice by surrendering my original enrolment Certificate with Bar council of Tamil Nadu.
Before suspension and after resumption of practice, I was with Late K.Asokan, Senior Advocate and now independently practicing, predominantly on the criminal side, both in Appellate Courts and Trial Courts.
I had assisted my Senior late K.Asokan in several sensational cases such as Justice Veerasamy case, high ranking dignitaries and in the assault case of Shanmuga Sundaram, former State Public Prosecutor on behalf of CBI for Prosecution.
Being trained and having acquired legal acumen all these years, I have been handling independently several cases involving former Ministers, Senior bureaucrats and others.
Apart from assisting Senior Counsel late K.Asokan, I have assisted Senior Counsel Mr.V.Gopinath, I.Subramaniam and Mr.Somayaji.