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Judges of the Supreme Court of India

George H. Gadbois, Jr

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780198070610
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080755 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070610.001.0001
Judges of the Supreme Court of India

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Despite the critical role played by the Supreme Court of India (SCI), the lives of the judges have never been studied before. This book presents biographical essays for each of the first ninety-three judges who served on the Court from 1950 through mid-1989. The essays are based on interviews the author conducted with sixty-four of the sixty-eight judges who were alive in the 1980s, and on meetings and correspondence with relatives, friends, and associates of the deceased judges. The book provides account for why certain judges rather than others were chosen and who were the people that selected them. It provides a collective portrait of these judges, paying particular attention to changes in their background characteristics — fathers’ occupation, education, pre-SCI career, caste, religion, state of birth, and region, over four decades, and post-retirement activities. This is an invaluable reference book for teachers and students of law as well as judges and advocates. Scholars and students from the disciplines of sociology, political science, along with journalists and general readers will also find the book useful.

Keywords: India; Supreme Court of India; biographical essays; judge selection; caste; religion; state of birth; post-retirement activities; political science

Book.  456 pages. 

Subjects: History of Law

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India’s Judicial Elite in Judges of the Supreme Court of India

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The Kania Court (1950–1) in Judges of the Supreme Court of India

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The Sastri Court (1951–4) in Judges of the Supreme Court of India

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The Mahajan Court (1954) in Judges of the Supreme Court of India

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The Mukherjea Court (1954–6) in Judges of the Supreme Court of India

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The Das Court (1956–9) in Judges of the Supreme Court of India

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The Sinha Court (1959–64) in Judges of the Supreme Court of India

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The Gajendragadkar Court (1964–6) in Judges of the Supreme Court of India

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The Sarkar Court (1966) in Judges of the Supreme Court of India

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The Subba Rao Court (1966–7) in Judges of the Supreme Court of India

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