B. J. Divan

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B. J. Divan
Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court
In office
Preceded byS. Obul Reddy
Succeeded byS. Obul Reddy
Governor of Andhra Pradesh
In office
Preceded byR. D. Bhandare
Succeeded bySharda Mukherjee
Personal details
Born(1919-08-20)20 August 1919
Died(2012-03-12)12 March 2012

Justice Bipinchandra Jivanlal Divan shortly B. J. Divan was Chief Justice of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh High Courts, and Acting Governor of Andhra Pradesh.[1]

He was born on 20 August 1919. He was educated at Proprietary High School, Ahmedabad, Wilson College and Government Law College, Bombay and University School of Economics and Sociology, Bombay.

He was enrolled as an Advocate of Bombay High Court on the Appellate Side in September, 1941 and on the Original Side in September, 1943 and practiced there from 1943 to 1954. He was appointed as Judge, Bombay City Civil Court and Additional Sessions Judge Greater Bombay on 4 November 1954 and as Principal Judge, Bombay City Civil Court and Sessions Judge Greater Bombay on 1 May 1961.

The first ‘centurion’ blood donor from Ahmedabad, Diwan was born on 20 August 1919, educated at Propriety High School in Ahmedabad and did his Masters in Arts and LLB from a Mumbai-based college, Pallavi told DNA. Diwan was appointed judge at the civil court at the age of 35 and was High Court judge at 45.[2]

He was appointed as Additional Judge of Gujarat High Court from 19 April 1962 and made Permanent Judge with effect from 23 September 1963.

He was appointed as Chief Justice, Gujarat High Court from 17 July 1973. He was transferred to Andhra Pradesh High Court with effect from 1 July 1976. He was acting Governor of Andhra Pradesh from 17 February 1977 till 5 May 1977. He was again transferred to Gujarat High Court as Chief Justice with effect from 28 August 1977. Retired on 20 August 1981.

He died on 12 March 2012.[3]

Government offices
Preceded by
R. D. Bhandare
Governor of Andhra Pradesh
1977 – 1977
Succeeded by
Sharda Mukherjee


  1. ^ "The Honorable Sri Justice B.J.Divan". High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad. High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-legal-luminary-educationist-bj-diwan-passes-away-1661896
  3. ^ Former CJ of Gujarat HC Justice B.J. Divan Dead Archived 13 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine