S. Rajendra Babu
|S. Rajendra Babu|
|34th Chief Justice of India|
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|
2 April 2007 – 31 May 2009
|Born||10 October 1933|
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 on April 2, 2007 and held tenure until May 31, 2009. He is the fifth Chairperson of the Commission.
Post Judicial Career
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.
V. N. Khare
|Chief Justice of India
May 2, 2004– June 1, 2004
Ramesh Chandra Lahoti