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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 Pathak Court (1986–9)

The Pathak Court (1986–9)

(p.310) XVIII The Pathak Court (1986–9)
Judges of the Supreme Court of India

George H. Gadbois, Jr

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the Pathak Court of 1986–9. Twenty-four years after becoming a judge of the Allahabad High Court and after nearly nine years of experience on the SCI, the government announced that the sixty-two-year-old R.S. Pathak would become the nation’s eighteenth CJI on 21 December 1986. Philosophically, he was a man of the middle and several of his colleagues would later volunteer the compliment that he brought relative peace to the SCI. His appointees include Madhukar Hiralal Kania, Kalmanje Jagannatha Shetty, Lalit Mohan Sharma, Manepalle Narayana Rao Venkatachaliah, Srinivasachari Ranganathan, Narain Dutt Ojha, Subbiah Ratnavel Pandian, Thamarappallil Kochu Thommen, Aziz Mushabber Ahmadi, Khagendra Nath Saikia, Kuldip Singh, and Jagdish Sharan Verma. The fact that a dozen judges were appointed during his two and a half years as CJI was a significant accomplishment. Five of them — Kania, Sharma, Venkatachaliah, Ahmadi, and Verma — would serve as CJIs during the 1991–8 years.

Keywords:   Allahabad High Court, R.S. Pathak, Madhukar Hiralal Kania, Kalmanje Jagannatha Shetty, Lalit Mohan Sharma, Jagdish Sharan Verma, Manepalle Narayana Rao Venkatachaliah, Aziz Mushabber Ahmadi

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