Sudhi Ranjan Das

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Sudhi Ranjan Das
5th Chief Justice of India
In office
1 February 1956 – 30 September 1959
Appointed by Rajendra Prasad
Preceded by Bijan Kumar Mukherjea
Succeeded by B. P. Sinha
Personal details
Born (1894-10-01)1 October 1894
Telirbagh , Bangladesh,
Alma mater University of Calcutta
University College London

Sudhi Ranjan Das (Bengali: সুধী রঞ্জন দাশ Shudhi Rônjon Dash) (1 October 1894 – 18 September 1977) (S.R. Das) was the 5th Chief Justice of India, serving from December 1, 1955 to January 30, 1959. Mr. Das also served as Chairman of The Statesman.[1]

Background and education[edit]

S.R. Das was born into the prominent Vaidya-brahmin Das family of Telirbagh (now in Bangladesh). He was born to Rakhal Chandra Das and Binodini Das. He attended the university school of Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, where he was one of the first four pupils of Rabindranath Tagore.[1]

After finishing his intermediate examinations at the Scottish Church College, he moved on to the Bangabasi College under the University of Calcutta from which he graduated, and proceeded to read law at University College London, from which he graduated with first class honours (LL.B., 1918). He was called to the Bar in 1918 at Gray's Inn, London.[1][2][3]

Sudhi Ranjan Das was married to the former Swapna Majumdar, the daughter of S.B.Majumdar, an ICS officer. By his wife, he had two sons Group Captain Suranjan Das and Suhrid Ranjan Das, and one daughter. The daughter Anjana married the barrister and future Law Minister Ashoke Sen. His children were all named by Rabindranath Tagore; however, at least one son, the younger, bore a name already used in the Das family.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d Biography on NIC webpage
  2. ^ Some Alumni of Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008. page 593
  3. ^ Sen, Asit. Glimpses of College History: The Students and the Teachers in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008. page 234