Ramesh Chandra Lahoti

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Ramesh Chandra Lahoti
35th Chief Justice of India
In office
1 June 2004 – 31 October 2005
Appointed by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Preceded by S. Rajendra Babu
Succeeded by Y. K. Sabharwal
Personal details
Born (1940-11-01) 1 November 1940 (age 76)[1]
Guna, Madhya Pradesh, India
Spouse(s) Kaushalya Lahoti
Children Archana Mantri, Vandana Marda, Pankaj Soni, Ujjwal Lahoti

Ramesh Chandra Lahoti (born 1 November 1940) was the 35th Chief Justice of India, serving from 1 June 2004 to 1 November 2005.[2]

Education and early career[edit]

He joined the Bar in Guna district in 1960 and enrolled as an advocate in 1962. In April 1977, he was recruited directly from the Bar to the State Higher Judicial Service and was appointed as a District & Sessions Judge. After functioning as a District & Sessions Judge for a year, he resigned in May 1978 and reverted to the Bar for practice mainly in the High Court.[2] He was appointed the Additional Judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on 3 May 1988 and made permanent Judge on 4 August 1989. Lahoti was transferred to Delhi High Court on 7 February 1994. He was appointed as a Judge of Supreme Court of India on 9 December 1998.[3] He retired on his 65th birthday giving him a term of 18 months. His predecessor had a term of just 1 month.


Justice Lahoti, a noted jurist, is economic with words and probably the least vocal among recent Chief Justices. He served one of the longest terms as Chief Justice in recent years, retiring from office after 17 months.

In November 2004, Chief Justice Lahoti, broke ground with many of his predecessors who had expressed concern about the growing corruption within the judiciary, by proclaiming that the judiciary in India was 'clean'. This was an astounding statement, especially in the light of frequent exposes in the media about errant judges across the country.

Chief Justice's handling of judicial transfers has also attracted controversy. In February 2005, Chief Justice BK Roy was transferred from the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the Guwahati High Court, on Chief Justice Lahoti's watch.[4]

Population control

Justice Lahoti upheld a Haryana law that did not allow those with more than two children to contest local body elections. He rejected arguments based on right to privacy and religion.[5]


He quashed the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act on migrants to Assam.[5]


  1. ^ "Hon'ble Mr. Justice R.C. Lahoti". Former Hon'ble Chief Justices' of India. Supreme Court of India. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  2. ^ a b "R. C. Lahoti (CJI)". Supreme Court of India. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Justice R C Lahoti". Delhi High Court. Archived from the original on 22 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Nariman raises Roy’s transfer issue with CJI". The Tribune. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  5. ^ a b "Chief Justice Lahoti: Quietly assertive". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
Preceded by
S. Rajendra Babu
Chief Justice of India
1 June 2004 – 1 November 2005
Succeeded by
Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal

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