G. S. Singhvi

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Hon'ble Mr. Justice
G.S. Singhvi
Judge, Supreme Court of India
In office
12 Nov 2007 – 12 Dec 2013 [1]
Appointed by Pratibha Patil, President of India
Chief Justice, Andhra Pradesh High Court
In office
27 November 2005 – 11 November 2007
Judge, Gujarat High Court
In office
28 February 2005 – 26 November 2005
Personal details
Born (1948-12-12) 12 December 1948 (age 69)
Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Rajasthan University
Website Template:Supreme Court Page

G.S. Singhvi (born 12 December 1948) was a judge of the Supreme Court of India. He retired on 11 December 2013.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Justice Singhvi was born at Jodhpur, Rajasthan on 12 December 1948. He graduated in 1968 from Jodhpur University and earned Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree in 1971 from Rajasthan University with Gold Medal.[2]


As a lawyer[edit]

Justice Singhvi practised in Rajasthan High Court, mainly in Constitutional Law.[2]

As a judge[edit]

He became a judge of the Rajasthan High Court on 20 July 1990. was transferred to Punjab and Haryana High Court on 28 April 1994 and then to the Gujarat High Court on 28 February 2005.[2]

He was elevated to the post of Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court on 27 November 2005. He became a judge of Supreme Court of India on 12 November 2007.[2]

Notable judgements[edit]

2G spectrum case[edit]

On 2 February 2012, a bench composed of Justice Singhvi and Justice AK Ganguly quashed 122 2G licenses issued in the year 2008 by A. Raja, then Union Telecom Minister terming them as "unconstitutional and arbitrary".[3][4]

Vehicle beacon lights case[edit]

Justice Singhvi is heading a bench of Supreme Court dealing with abuse of vehicle beacon lights. During the hearings, the bench said, "A judge becomes hourable by his judgments and not by using red beacon at the top of his official car." The bench ordered all the governments to take steps to limit the list of dignitaries entitled to use red beacon with siren on their official cars.[5]

Supreme Court upholds Section 377[edit]

A bench of justice GS Singhvi and justice SJ Mukhopadhaya has upheld the Section 377 of India's penal code bans "sex against the order of nature", which is widely interpreted to mean homosexual sex.

Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/supreme-court-verdict-gay-rights-decriminalisation-of-same-sex/1/330538.html

Other cases[edit]

In a judgement on 6 July 2011, the bench of Justice Singhvi along with Justice AK Ganguly ordered that entire 156 hectares of land be given back to the robbed farmers. The government had acquired the land for "development" but was handed over to builders for making commercial and residential complexes. The bench imposed a fine of 1 million (US$16,000) Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) for its illegal act.[6][7]

he declined that gay rights illegal[8][9][10] [11] [12][13][14][15]


  • "It is sad to say that my generation have failed the nation, and in a nation where 700 million people live below the poverty line we tend to talk about justice. We talk about our fundamental rights being trampled upon but what about those people who do not get two square meals a day, have no right to education, shelter, clothing and other basic amenities, and what about tribal people."
    • Justice Singhvi speaking at a seminar in Guwahati, Assam on 12 May 2012.[16]
  • "The 'jan sevaks' are fast becoming our masters, the first citizens followed by the rich and the poor only as third class citizens"
    • Justice Singhvi speaking at a seminar in Guwahati, Assam 12 May 2012.[16]


  1. ^ "Judge Profile". Supreme Court of Indiawebsite. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Justice G.S. Singhvi – Profile". Supreme Court of India. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Supreme Court quashes 122 2G licences awarded in 2008". DNA. 
  4. ^ "SC quashes 122 licences". Times of India. 2 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Vehicle beacon lights case". Times of India. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Greater Noida farmers get their 'robbed' land back, GNIDA Supreme Court rap". DNA (Daily News & Analysis). 6 July 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Noida flat buyers must get refund with interest: SC". Indian Express. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/gs-singhvi-illustrious-career-controversial-end/article1-1161729.aspx
  9. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-justice-gs-singhvi-judge-who-upheld-gay-sex-as-a-criminal-offence-retires-as-supreme-court-judge-1933462
  10. ^ http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/read-the-judgement-first-justice-singhvi-who-restored-ban-on-gay-sex-457469
  11. ^ http://ibnlive.in.com/news/religious-groups-hail-sc-verdict-on-gay-sex-lgbts-outraged/439067-3.html
  12. ^ http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/supreme-court-verdict-talks-of-so-called-rights-of-lgbt-excerpts-457528?pfrom=home-otherstories
  13. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-12/anger-over-indias-gay-ruling/5151184
  14. ^ http://ibnlive.in.com/videos/439042/shock-anger-among-lgbts-as-sc-rules-gay-sex-illegal.html
  15. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/11/india-supreme-court-reinstates-gay-sex-ban
  16. ^ a b ""Our generation has failed the nation" – Justice GS Singhvi". Law et al News. 13 May 2012. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2012.