Indian Civil Service Officers

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:
Indian Civil Service Officers

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This chapter examines Indian Civil Service officers. Six of the judges were officers of the storied ICS — the elite civil service trained during the colonial years. They were S.K. Das, K.N. Wanchoo, K.C. Das Gupta, R. Dayal, Vaidyanthier Ramaswami, and V. Bhargava. Acceptance was extremely competitive and there was not a more prestigious position for an Indian. None had practised law but all brought decades of practical experience to the SCI, particularly in criminal law, an area in which few SCI judges could claim much experience. One of them, K.N. Wanchoo, served as CJI in 1967–8. The six served during the 1956–71 years. The ICS ended in 1947 and its successor, the Indian Administrative Service, has no ‘judicial side’.

Keywords: Indian Civil Service; colonial years; Supreme Court of India; criminal law; K.N. Wanchoo; Indian Administrative Service; K.C. Das Gupta; R. Dayal; Vaidyanthier Ramaswami

Chapter.  449 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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