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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 Beg Court (1977–8)

The Beg Court (1977–8)

(p.241) XV The Beg Court (1977–8)
Judges of the Supreme Court of India

George H. Gadbois, Jr

Oxford University Press

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

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