L. Nageswara Rao

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Hon'ble Justice

L. Nageswara Rao
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Judge of Supreme Court of India
Assumed office
13 May 2016
Nominated byT. S. Thakur
Appointed byPranab Mukherjee
Additional Solicitor General of India
In office
7 June 2014 – 15 December 2014
Appointed byPranab Mukherjee
In office
August 2013 – May 2014
Appointed byPranab Mukherjee
In office
8 August 2003 – 2004
Appointed byA. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Personal details
Lavu Nageswara Rao

(1957-06-08) 8 June 1957 (age 64)
Pedanandipadu, Andhra Pradesh, India

Lavu Nageswara Rao is a Judge of Supreme Court of India. He is the 7th person elevated directly from the bar to the Supreme Court and was sworn in on May 13, 2016.[1] He was a Senior advocate and a former Additional Solicitor General of India.

Early life[edit]

He hails from Pedanandipadu in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh.[2] He was educated at Loyola Public School, Guntur,[3] JKC College, Guntur and at TJPS College, Guntur.


He practiced in Andhra Pradesh High Court before shifting his practice to the Supreme Court of India. He was designated as a Senior Advocate in 2000.[4] He was one of the most highly paid lawyers in the country.[5]

He appeared in Karnataka High Court for J. Jayalalita in the Disproportionate assets case and was successful in reversing the trial court Judgement and getting her acquitted.[6] One of the last cases he argued before the Supreme Court of India was NEET case in which he appeared for State of Tamil Nadu and Christian Medical College.[7]

Law Officer[edit]

He served as an Additional Solicitor General of India thrice. Firstly under NDA government from August 8, 2003[8] till his resignation in 2004. UPA Government appointed him as A.S.G. in August 2013 and he resigned in May 2014.[9] His third stint as A.S.G. was from June 7 to December 15, 2014 under the present Government.

Commission of Inquiry[edit]

He was also a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Mudgal Committee headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal and comprising senior advocate and former cricket umpire Nilay Dutta as the other member. The committee is tasked with conducting an independent inquiry into allegations of corruption, betting and spot-fixing in Indian Premier League matches.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Supreme Court To Get 4 New Judges On Friday". NDTV.com.
  2. ^ "Solidity personified". The Hindu. 16 September 2003. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014.
  3. ^ Reporter, Staff (7 May 2016). "Lavu appointed SC Judge". The Hindu.
  4. ^ "Collegium recommends sr csl Nageswara Rao + 3 others for SC judgeship". 4 May 2016.
  5. ^ Shrivastava, Prachi (8 September 2015). "How much do Delhi's top advocates charge?". Mint.
  6. ^ "L Nageswara Rao recommended for the post of SC judge". 5 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Second time, it's a yes! L Nageswara Rao's change of mind". 4 May 2016.
  8. ^ "New Additional Solicitor-General for SC". The Hindu. 9 August 2003. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015.
  9. ^ Pathak, Gaurav (15 December 2014). "L Nageswara Rao resigns as ASG, submits resignation to Union Law Minister". www.livelaw.in.
  10. ^ Spot fixing: Mudgal panel examines three Indian players Archived 2014-10-26 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Supreme Court asks Mudgal committee to complete probe within two months". 1 September 2014.