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CURRICULAM VITAE

OF

JUSTICE K. JAGANNATHA SHETTY, B.Sc., LL.M.

FORMER JUDGE, SUPREME COURT OF INDIA

 

Born on December 15, 1926 in a small hamlet called Ambalapady which now forms part of Udupi town in Udupi, District of now Karnataka State. He had his early education at the Adi-Udupi Elementary School, followed by the High School Education in the Udupi Board High School.

In 1951, he graduated in Science from the prestigious St. Alloysius College, Mangalore. After graduation, he proceeded to Hyderabad, then Nizam State, to study law course. He acquired LL.B., and LL.M., degrees from the Osmania University, Hyderabad.

In 1954 he was enrolled as an Advocate in the erstwhile High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad and practised in the same High Court till 1956.

In November, 1956, upon the Reorganisation of States, he shifted to Bangalore, to continue his law practice in the High Court of Mysore - since called as High Court of Karnataka.

He acquired extensive practice in all branches of law, more particularly in Service, Constitutional matters and Criminal matters.

He was part-time Professor of Constitution, Contract and Company Law for Graduate and Post-Graduate students in the Government Law College, Bangalore for about 10 years, while being leading Advocate of High Court of Karnataka.

He was a Member of Karnataka State Bar Council for two terms of 5 years each.

On June 25, 1970, he was elevated as a Judge of the High Court of Karnataka. He served about 15 years as Puisne Judge of the Karnataka High Court and about one year as Acting Chief Justice.

On October 1, 1986, he was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court of Judicature - the biggest High Court in Asia.

On May 1, 1987, he was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India.

On December, 15, 1991, he retired as the senior most Judge of the Supreme Court.

He has delivered a string of decisions of great public importance in all branches of law in the High Court and Supreme Court.

He has been held in high esteem not only in Judicial fraternity but also by the Bar and general public.

After retirement, he has acquired extensive chamber practice and arbitration works from all over the country.

In 1992, he became the Chairman of the Karnataka State IV Pay Commission for the State Government employees.

Since 1996, he became the Chairman of the " First National Judicial Pay Commission " - constituted as the first of its kind in this country to bring about uniformity in cadres, qualification for recruitment, service conditions, training, and Court work and Court method etc., of Judicial Officers in every State and Union Territory. The report in this regard has been submitted to the Prime Minister of India on 11 November 1999, which has been welcomed by all concerned as path-breaking. Even National papers in their Editorials have commented that the recommendations of the Commission are salutary.

 

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