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George H. Gadbois, Jr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198070610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070610.001.0001

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The Shah Court (1970–1)

The Shah Court (1970–1)

(p.148) XII The Shah Court (1970–1)
Judges of the Supreme Court of India

George H. Gadbois, Jr

Oxford University Press

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

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