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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 Subba Rao Court (1966–7)

The Subba Rao Court (1966–7)

(p.122) IX The Subba Rao Court (1966–7)
Judges of the Supreme Court of India

George H. Gadbois, Jr

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the Subba Rao Court of 1966–7. Because the SCI was in summer recess when he succeeded Sarkar on 30 June 1966, K. Subba Rao’s tenure as CJI began virtually unnoticed. Only the appointment of Chittur Anantakrishna Vaidialingam, fifty-nine and third in seniority on the Kerala High Court, can be credited to Subba Rao. Sworn in on 10 October 1966, he was the first to come to the SCI from the Kerala High Court. Subba Rao and Vaidialingam had been friends and associates, dating back to their days together in Madras. Subba Rao left the Court by his surprise resignation to become the United Opposition’s candidate for president of India. When he jumped into the political arena on 11 April 1967, he became a national figure overnight. He bequeathed to K.N. Wanchoo a court one short of its de facto strength of eleven.

Keywords:   Subba Rao, United Opposition, Chittur Anantakrishna Vaidialingam, K.N. Wanchoo

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