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Judges of the Supreme Court of India1950 - 1989$
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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 Sastri Court (1951–4)

The Sastri Court (1951–4)

(p.38) II The Sastri Court (1951–4)
Judges of the Supreme Court of India

George H. Gadbois, Jr

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the formation of the Sastri Court of 1951–4. Following the death of Kania, for the first time in post-Independence India, a new CJI had to be chosen. Sastri, who was the most senior associate judge, was appointed by the president a day after Kania’s death to perform the duties of Chief Justice of India. The Supreme Court of India that Sastri inherited comprised six judges, himself included, plus Fazl Ali, who had reached retirement age a few weeks earlier but who agreed to extended duty under the terms of Article 128 of the Constitution. Other members of Sastri’s court are Ghulam Hasan, Natvarlal Harilal Bhagwati, Bachu Jagannadhadas, and Tirunelveli Lakshmanasuri Venkatarama Ayyar. Sastri’s quartet was an all-India group, representing the four major regions of the nation. When Sastri’s tenure as CJI ended with his retirement on 3 January 1954, he bequeathed to his successor, M.C. Mahajan.

Keywords:   post-independence India, Fazl Ali, Ghulam Hasan, Natvarlal Harilal Bhagwati, Bachu Jagannadhadas, Tirunelveli Lakshmanasuri Venkatarama Ayyar, M.C. Mahajan, Harilal Jekisondas Kania, Mundakulathur Patanjali Sastri

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