Gopal Ballav Pattanaik
|Gopal Ballav Pattanaik|
|32nd Chief Justice of India|
8 November 2002 – 19 December 2002
|Appointed by||A. P. J. Abdul Kalam|
|Preceded by||Bhupinder Nath Kirpal|
|Succeeded by||V. N. Khare|
19 December 1937|
|Alma mater||Allahabad University
Ravenshaw CollegeMadhusudan Law College
In 1971, he was appointed to the Standing Counsel for the state Government of Orissa. In 1974 he became an Additional Government Advocate and subsequently the Govt Advocate of the state. In 1983, he was elevated to the bench of the Orissa High Court as a permanent judge. In 1995, he was appointed the Chief Justice of Patna High Court. Only four months later, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of India. He went on to occupy the highest judicial post in the country as the Chief Justice of India on 8 November 2002.
When Pattanaik took over as the Chief Justice of India, it appeared that he would not be able to achieve much in the administration of the judiciary, in view of his short tenure .Yet, he began a momentous chapter in the history of Indian judiciary by putting into practice the 'in-house procedure' evolved in 1997 to deal with allegations of misconduct against members of the higher judiciary.
Some of the well published judgements of Justice Pattanaik include:-
- the Narmada Dam Project.
- Denying the central government of India the ability to grant permission to Hindu organisations to perform ceremonies at the disputed Babri masjid site in Ayodhya.
- Contempt of court case against Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy.
- Acquittal of several persons belonging to the minority community in cases relating to the Bombay riots.
- The constitutional reference on the minority educational institutions.
Justice Pattanaik was a member of the Indo British and Indo-U.S. judicial exchange programme. He visited UK and the United States and participated in joint workshops and seminars with the judges of the House of Lords in Britain and the U.S Supreme Court, respectively.
He was conferred an honorary doctorate in law LLD by the Utkal University.
He now resides in New Delhi with his wife Meera and is active as an arbitrator in India and overseas. He has 3 children Amar, Anjan, and Rinku.
- "Justice Pattanaik sworn-in as new CJI". Express India. 8 November 2002. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
Bhupinder Nath Kirpal
|Chief Justice of India
8 Nov 2002 – 18 Dec 2002
V. N. Khare