About K. Kannan
K. Kannan is a former justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and currently serves as a Chairman of the Railway Claims Tribunal (RCT) at the Principal Bench at New Delhi, India. Justice Kannan applies his widespread knowledge on diverse subjects of law for application to different types of disputes.
Justice Kannan’s litigation practice focused on the civil, constitution and service laws of the country. He served as a designated senior counsel at the Madras High Court before his elevation to the bench. As a senior standing counsel for the federal government, he was assigned to assist the court on actions of the State, particularly regarding matters of service in the state departments and functionaries before the high court and the central administrative tribunals. During his tenure as a lawyer, he was also editor of the Madras Law Journal, the first Indian law journal of the country.
Justice Kannan established a mediation center under the aegis of the Tamil Nadu Legal Services Authority in Kunijipadi near Pondicherry in 1981, among the first few mediation centers in the country. He was among the first team of mediators in the country in Chennai, where court-annexed mediation initially took root in 2005.
As a Chairman of the Railway Claims Tribunal in New Delhi, he serves as a neutral, on a pro bono basis, to resolve complex commercial cases assigned to him by the Supreme Court.