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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 Sarkar Court (1966)

The Sarkar Court (1966)

(p.117) VIII The Sarkar Court (1966)
Judges of the Supreme Court of India

George H. Gadbois, Jr

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the Sarkar Court of 1966. Nine years after he arrived on the SCI, A.K. Sarkar became CJI on 16 March 1966. His was the briefest stewardship to date, just three and a half months, for he reached retirement age on 29 June. His two choices for fresh appointments include Vashishtha Bhargava and Gopendra Krishna Mitter. Although neither was sworn in until after Sarkar had retired and the summer vacation had ended, because Sarkar initiated both appointments they are credited to him. Bhargava, sixty, the last of the ICS judges, and the chief justice of the Allahabad High Court, was sworn in on 8 August. Mitter, a few days short of sixty, was sworn in on 29 August. Counting Bhargava and Mitter, Sarkar passed on to Subba Rao a court operating at the de facto full strength of eleven.

Keywords:   Vashishtha Bhargava, Gopendra Krishna Mitter, A.K. Sarkar, Subba Rao

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