States of Birth

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:
States of Birth

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This chapter examines the states of birth of the judges. The ninety-three judges were born in sixteen of the twenty-five states which existed in the 1980s. Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra are underrepresented. This is largely because three of the eleven judges who served on the Allahabad High Court were not born in Uttar Pradesh, and four of the Bombay High Court judges were born in today’s Gujarat and a fifth in Karnataka. Punjab is overrepresented, largely because its ten include three who were born in today’s Pakistan and another in Burma. The most notably underrepresented state is Rajasthan. There is no evidence that states controlled by a party different from the party that controlled the Centre received fewer judgeships. In most instances, the judge was first appointed to the high court of his state of birth, and seventy-two came to the SCI directly from his home or parent high court.

Keywords: Supreme Court of India; Punjab; Rajasthan; high court; Uttar Pradesh; Maharashtra; Bombay High Court

Chapter.  661 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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