Gopal Ballav Pattanaik

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Gopal Ballav Pattanaik
32nd Chief Justice of India
In office
8 November 2002 – 19 December 2002
Appointed by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Preceded by Bhupinder Nath Kirpal
Succeeded by V. N. Khare
Personal details
Born (1937-12-19)19 December 1937
Nationality Indian
Education LLB
Alma mater Allahabad University
Ravenshaw CollegeMadhusudan Law College

Gopal Ballav Pattanaik was the 32nd Chief Justice of India.[1]

He was born on 19 December 1937 in the city of Cuttack, now in Odisha, India. He is the eldest son of Rashbehari Pattnaik and Bidulata Dei.

He studied at the Ravenshaw College in Cuttack and Allahabad University and earned his law degree from M. S. Law College, Utkal University in Odisha.

In 1962, he enrolled as an advocate in the Orissa High Court, where he practiced in civil, criminal, constitutional and business cases. He also appeared before the Supreme Court of India.

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.[citation needed]

Some of the well published judgements of Justice Pattanaik include:-

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.


  1. ^ "Justice Pattanaik sworn-in as new CJI". Express India. 8 November 2002. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 

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Preceded by
Bhupinder Nath Kirpal
Chief Justice of India
8 Nov 2002 – 18 Dec 2002
Succeeded by
V. N. Khare