S. Rajendra Babu

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S. Rajendra Babu was the 34th chief Justice of India. He also served as the chairperson of National Human Rights Commission of India.[1]


S. Rajendra Babu was born in Bangalore, on June 1, 1939 He pursued his LLB from Karnataka University. He was appointed permanent Judge of the Karnataka High Court in February 1988 and was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on September 25, 1997. Babu retired as Chief Justice of India on June 1, 2004.

Professional career[edit]

Babu assumed the office of Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission[2] on April 2, 2007. He is the fifth Chairperson of the Commission.

During his tenure in the Supreme Court, Babu delivered several landmark judgments in civil law, criminal law, constitutional law, environmental law, taxation, corporate law and intellectual property matters. Babu analyzed the mob psychology in the case relating to anti-Sikh riots, following the assassination of Indira Gandhi. He also interpreted the provisions of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986.

Post Judicial Career[edit]

Presently ICICI, Chair Professor in National Law School of India University, Babu was conferred with a Doctorate Degree by the Karnataka University in 2005. Deeply interested in Vedanta, Babu has been imparting training in community health work as the President of International Nursing Services Association for the last 25 years.


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Preceded by
V. N. Khare
Chief Justice of India
May 2, 2004– June 1, 2004
Succeeded by
Ramesh Chandra Lahoti