M.L. Tahaliyani

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M.L. Tahaliyani
Lokayukta of Maharashtra
Assumed office
Judge of the Bombay High Court
In office
Personal details
Nationality Indian

M.L.Tahaliyani is the Lokayukta of Maharashtra and is a retired Judge of the Bombay High Court.[1] Justice Tahaliyani presided over high-profile cases including the 2008 Mumbai attacks and the Adarsh Housing Society scam.[2]


Born on December 23, 1953, in Sardarshahar, Rajasthan, Tahaliyani began his career as a lawyer in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra in 1975. After a few years he was appointed as an assistant public prosecutor in the Naxal effected area of Gadchiroli, Sironcha, Desaiganj and Warora. After spending several years as a public prosecutor he was then appointed as a Metropolitan Magistrate in 1987. Tahaliyani was appointed the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in 1994 and later appointed the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in 1997.[3] In 2010 he was appointed as a Principal Judge to the Bombay City Civil Court and in that same year while presiding over the 2008 Mumbai attacks case he pronounced the death penalty to Ajmal Kasab on terrorism related charges,[4] The judgement was later confirmed by the Bombay High Court and upheld by the Supreme Court of India after which Kasab was hanged at the Yerawada Central Jail, Pune on November 21, 2012.[5] The following year Tahaliyani was appointed as a judge of the Bombay High Court and while presiding over the Adarsh Housing Society scam refused to give any relief to the former Chief minister of Maharashtra Ashok Chavan in that case.[6] After his retirement from the bench, he was appointed Lokayukta of Maharashtra. Justice Tahaliyani succeeds Justice P.B. Gaikwad whose term as Lokayukta ended on July 1, 2014. Tahaliyani was sworn-in as the Lokayukta by Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao on August 25, 2015.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Justice Tahaliyani to be appointed Maha lokayukta". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Retired Bombay High Court Judge Becomes Maharashtra Chief". NDTV. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "JUSTICE M.L.Tahaliyani" (PDF). Bombay High Court. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Meet 26/11 verdict's judge ML Tahaliyani". NDTV. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Justice ML Tahaliyani, who awarded death to Ajmal Kasab". Mid Day. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Bombay HC rejects Ashok Chavan's plea to remove his name from Adarsh scam chargesheet". Firstpost. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "26/11 trial judge Tahaliyani is Maharashtra Lokayukta". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Judge M L Tahaliyani sworn in as Maharashtra Lokayukta". The Indian Express. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
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