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The Shah Court (1970–1)

George H. Gadbois, Jr

in Judges of the Supreme Court of India

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780198070610
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080755 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070610.003.0012
The Shah Court (1970–1)

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This chapter describes the Shah Court of 1970–71. J.C. Shah, the sixth and last of the CJI S.R. Das appointees to serve as CJI had a stewardship of only thirty-five days, the shortest to date, from 17 December 1970 to 21 January 1971. Prior to the official announcement that he would succeed Hidayatullah, there were rumours that he would be bypassed and that an outsider would be brought in. His brief stewardship was important because of the failure of his nomination. The timing of the nomination was not opportune, for three days after Shah became CJI, Parliament was dissolved and preparations for the new elections were underway. Shah received no response from the government to his nomination. Unsuccessful in filling his own vacancy, Sikri’s tenure began with nine associate judges and Bombay was left without any representation on the Court.

Keywords: J.C. Shah; nomination; Parliament; elections; Bombay; Hidayatullah

Chapter.  972 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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