M. Y. Eqbal

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M. Y. Eqbal
Judge of Supreme Court of India
In office
24 December 2012 – 31 December 2015
Chief Justice of Madras High Court
In office
11 June 2010 – 3 February 2013
Preceded by H.L.Gokhale
Succeeded by Rajesh Kumar Agrawal (acting)
Personal details
Born (1951-02-13) 13 February 1951 (age 66)

M. Y. Eqbal is a former judge in India.[1] He was the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, and in December 2012 became a Justice of the Supreme Court of India. He retired in February 2016.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born on 13 February 1951. Passed B.Sc. Examination from Ranchi University in 1970 and obtained LL.B. Degree in 1974 with Distinction (Gold Medalist).


Enrolled as an Advocate in 1975 and initially practised exclusively in civil side in civil courts, Ranchi. Shifted practice to Ranchi Bench of the Patna High Court in 1986 and became Government Pleader in the Ranchi Bench of Patna High Court in 1990.

In 1993 became Government Advocate in the High Court. In these periods practised in civil, criminal, Constitutional and tax matter. Also worked as retained Counsel and Legal Adviser of almost all the Banks, Insurance Company, Electricity Board, Housing Board, University and other Government and semi Government Undertakings. Appointed as permanent Judge of the Patna High Court on 9 May 1996. By Notification dated 14 November 2000 became the Judge of the Jharkhand High Court. He was the chief justice of the Madras High Court from 11 June 2010 to 21 December 2012 and elevated as Judge of Supreme Court of India on 24 December 2012.[3]

His brother is also a judge in the Ranchi Lower Court.


  1. ^ "Hon'ble Mr. Justice M.Y. Eqbal". Supremecourtofindia.nic.in. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  2. ^ Murali, Krishnan. "Justice MY Eqbal retires; Vacancies in Supreme Court rise to 6", Bar & Bench (February 13, 2016).
  3. ^ A Subramani (2012-10-22). "With more judges retiring, Madras high court backlog likely to go up". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2013-05-16.