The Beg Court (1977–8)

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:
The Beg Court (1977–8)

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This chapter describes the Beg Court of 1977–8. The next-in-line to follow Ray as CJI was H.R. Khanna but it was no surprise, just hours before Ray’s retirement on 28 January 1977, the government announced that M.H. Beg, the second most senior associate judge, was to be the fifteenth CJI. The supersession of Khanna was one of Indira Gandhi’s last major acts during her first regime. Beg had been a loyal soldier as an associate judge and had supported the government in Kesavananda and Habeas Corpus. In the second month of Beg’s stewardship, Mrs Gandhi’s government was routed and the Janata coalition took over. The most noteworthy change during the Janata regime concerning SCI appointments was the requirement that the CJI consult his two seniormost colleagues about nominees and apprise the government of their views. His new appointments include Vidyaranya Dattatraya Tulzapurkar, Dhirajlal Ambelal Desai, and Raghunandan Swarup Pathak.

Keywords: Janata coalition; M.H. Beg; H.R. Khanna; Indira Gandhi; supersession; Kesavananda; Habeas Corpus; Vidyaranya Dattatraya Tulzapurkar; Dhirajlal Ambelal Desai; Raghunandan Swarup Pathak

Chapter.  5634 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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