M. N. Venkatachaliah

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M. N. Venkatachaliah
Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah BNC.jpg
25th Chief Justice of India
In office
12 February 1993 – 24 October 1994
Appointed byShankar Dayal Sharma
Preceded byL.M. Sharma
Succeeded byA.M. Ahmadi
2nd Chairman National Human Rights Commission
In office
26 November 1996 – 24 October 1999
Personal details
Born (1929-10-25) 25 October 1929 (age 89)
Spouse(s)Parvathi Venkatachaliah

Manepalli Narayana Rao Venkatachaliah (born 25 October 1929) was the 25th Chief Justice of India.[1][2][3][4] He served as Chief Justice from 1993 to 1994. He currently serves as the Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed University), a Modern Gurukula, a place where the teacher-student interaction occurs in the backdrop of the process of Integral Education that includes the five dimensions of: Intellectual, Cultural, Physical, Service and Devotional.[5][6] and on the Advisory Board of Foundation for Restoration of National Values, a society established in 2008 that strives to restore National and Cultural Values of India.[7]

He earned not only Bachelor in Science but also Bachelor in Law from the University of Mysore. He started practicing law in 1951. He was appointed Permanent Judge of the High Court of Karnataka on 6 November 1975. He was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 5 October 1987. Finally, he became the 25th Chief Justice of India on 12 February 1993 and subsequently retired on 24 October 1994.[7][8]

Post retirement, he has continued to work on anti-corruption and human rights issues, including support for the launch of the Initiatives of Change Centre for Governance in 2003.[9]

He served as the Chairman of National Human Rights Commission from 1996-1998 and in 2000 he headed National Commission to review the working of the Constitution.[10][11][12][13]

He is currently serving as the chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam



  1. ^ M. N. Venkatachaliah
  2. ^ M.N. Venkatachaliah | GRAAM
  3. ^ Parliamentary panel on Lokpal calls ex-CJIs MN Venkatachaliah, JS Verma - India - DNA
  4. ^ Kalidas Ghalib Foundation
  5. ^ Former CJI M.N. Venkatachaliah is chancellor of Sri Satya Sai Institute - Deccan Chronicle
  6. ^ Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning - Key University Officers
  7. ^ a b "People Behind the Movement". Archived from the original on 17 Apr 09. Retrieved 4 December 2012. Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)
  8. ^ People
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ rediff.com: The Rediff Interview/Justice M N Venkatachaliah
  11. ^ Ncrwc - Final Report
  12. ^ Judicial reforms cannot ignore public perceptions - The New Indian Express
  13. ^ An exercise to watch
  14. ^ Honorary doctorate for Nirupama Rao - The Hindu
  15. ^ Manipal University (via noodls) / The 15th Convocation was unique
  16. ^ http://www.manipal.edu/NewsRoom/Documents/Invitation_Convocation%202012.pdf
  17. ^ ‘Give a boost to R&D, science’ - The Hindu
  18. ^ RCU organise first convocation on Feb 16 | Karnataka News | newkerala.com
  19. ^ RCU organise first convocation on Feb 16 - Chennaionline News Archived 16 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
Legal offices
Preceded by
Lalit Mohan Sharma
Chief Justice of India
12 February 1993–24 October 1994
Succeeded by
Aziz Mushabber Ahmadi

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