Justice (Retd) M L Tahaliyani was sworn in as the new Maharashtra Lokayukta Monday, during a function at Raj Bhavan’s Darbar Hall where Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao administered him oath.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Education Minister Vinod Tawde and judges of the Bombay High Court also attended the swearing-in ceremony, along with members of Tahaliyani’s family, a statement from the Maharashtra government said.
Tahaliyani succeeds Justice (retd) P B Gaikwad, whose term as Maharashtra Lokayukta ended on July 1, 2014.
Tahaliyani was born in the Gondia district and studied law in Nagpur before being appointed as the metropolitan magistrate in 1987 at the Bandra Metropolitan Court. He was often called a ‘green judge’ due to his passion for nature.
Tahaliyani has presided over several high-profile trials, including the 26/11 attacks, Gulshan Kumar murder and the money laundering case involving businessman Hasan Ali.