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Presentation by:Abhinav Mishra


Born on 12th July, 1920.

Served as an advocate for 18 years and then
promoted as a Judge in Bombay High Court.
In 1972, he was elevated to the Supreme
Court and in 1978, he became the Chief
Justice of India.
After his retirement from the Supreme Court
in 1985, he became an arbitrator in what
people call as his 3rd innings in the Legal

He is the longest serving Chief Justice of the

highest court of the worlds largest democracy.
The hallmarks of a good Judge are courage,
independence and impartiality and Justice
Chandrachud exhibited all of them.
Justice Chundrachud is known for the impeccable
language that he used while delivering his
Justice Chandrachud contributed to the Indian
Legal System both at the bar and at the bench.
As an advocate, his performance as a Public
Prosecutor in Nanawatis case is always remembered.
He evolved as one of the finest advocates and proved
his mettle at the bar.


Justice Chandrachud is known for his contribution

to the Constitutional and Administrative laws.
In Mithus case, he Justice Y.V. Chandrachud held
that the death penalty is not unconstitutional.
In "Olga Tellis" case, the concept of "Right to life"
was extended to "Right to live with Human
Dignity" and paved way for Humanistic approach
to law. His memorable words are"There can be no estoppel against the
Constitution. The Constitution is not only the
paramount law of the land, but it is the source of
sustenance of all laws.

He was member of the thirteen Judge Bench in Keshavananda

Bharati's case. His judgment in that case became a part of Indian
Constitutional history.
In Indira Gandhi vs. Raj Narain, Justice Chandrachud ,in an eloquent
judgment, stuck down clauses 4 and 5 of Article 329A as arbitrary and
calculated to destroy the rule of law. He quoted Benlcton's famous
passage which contains the admonition that the king ought to be under
the law because the law makes him king.
In Maneka Gandhi's case, Justice Chandrachud defined the
width of personal liberty and the Right of Equality under the Indian
Shah Banu Begum, Chief Justice Chandrachud held that divorced
Muslim women had a right of maintenance from their erstwhile
husband under Section 125 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
In Minerva Mills case, he struck down Section 4 of the 42nd
Amedment as unconstitutional. He held "that the Preamble of the
Constitution was not mere semantics. The edifice of our Constitution is
built; upon the concepts crystallised in the Preamble and held that
preamble was a part of the Constitution.
Justice Chandrachud will continue to inspire the upcoming
generations not only by his landmark judgements but also by being a
role model for all the members of the Legal fraternity.