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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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After Retirement

After Retirement

(p.370) XIV After Retirement
Judges of the Supreme Court of India

George H. Gadbois, Jr

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the life of the judges after retirement. After being forced to leave the bench at sixty-five, less than half a dozen spent the evenings of their lives completely retired. For the remainder, retirement was often just a brief pause in their careers. Their average age at death was close to eighty and some remained active literally until the end. A judge’s pension was unattractive, so many of them had to find other activities for income. For nearly three-quarters of them, the most common activity was serving as chairman of one or more of the ubiquitous national or state commissions, tribunals, and committees. India is a land of commissions. Commissions are a highly institutionalized tradition, a deeply ingrained feature of the political culture. At any one time dozens are functioning, providing many job opportunities for retired SCI and high court judges.

Keywords:   Supreme Court of India, judge’s pension, state commissions, India, political culture, high court judges

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