Participation in Politics

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:
Participation in Politics

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This chapter describes the judges’ participation in politics. Participation in politics prior to high court or SCI appointment was more common than most realize. Only two judges have been active in politics before joining the judiciary, namely Krishna Iyer and P.B. Sawant. Both were leftists. In fact, more than a quarter of the judges had engaged in political activities before their high court appointments. Active participation in the Freedom Struggle was the most common. Almost all of those who were active in politics of any stripe were among those appointed after 1970. For almost all, by the time they reached the SCI, their earlier participation in political activities had long been buried and forgotten.

Keywords: Supreme Court of India; Freedom Struggle; high court appointments; Krishna Iyer; P.B. Sawant

Chapter.  669 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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