S. Rajendra Babu

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S. Rajendra Babu
34th Chief Justice of India
In office
2 May 2004 – 1 June 2004
Appointed by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Preceded by V. N. Khare
Succeeded by Ramesh Chandra Lahoti
Chairman National Human Rights Commission
In office
2 April 2007 – 31 May 2009
Personal details
Born (1933-10-10)10 October 1933
Nationality Indian

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 Raja Lakhamagouda Law College, BelgaumKarnataka University.

Professional career[edit]

Babu was appointed permanent Judge of the Karnataka High Court in February 1988. He was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on September 25, 1997. on May 2, 2004, as the senior-most Puisne judge of the supreme court, he succeeded Justice V. N. Khare as Chief Justice of India. His tenure lasted less than a month, as he retired on 01 June 1, 2004, upon his 65th birthday.

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.

Babu assumed the office of Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission[2] on April 2, 2007 and held tenure until May 31, 2009. He is the fifth Chairperson of the Commission.

Post Judicial Career[edit]

Babu presently hold (2014) the ICICI Chair (Professor) at the National Law School of India University. Deeply interested in Vedanta, Babu has been imparting training in community health work as the President of International Nursing Services Association for over 25 years.


Babu was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by his alma mater, Karnataka University, in 2005.


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