The Supreme Court will on Thursday deliver the verdict in the much-awaited Right to Privacy case. The decision will determine whether Right to Privacy should be considered as a fundamental right in India. A nine-judge bench will take the final call in the matter. Here are the judges who will deliver the final verdict today.
Chief Justice JS Khehar
Chief Justice of India (CJI) JS Khehar is just three day away from his retirement on August 27. The 44th CJI was the first Sikh to hold the top post. He has played a key role in judgments in cases like 2G spectrum scam and the one against Subrata Roy Sahara. Before his elevation to the Supreme Court on September 13 2011, he served as the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court.
Justice J Chelameswar
After the CJI and Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Jasti Chelameswar is the third most senior judge in the apex court. In the past, he has served as the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court from May 2007 to March 2010 and Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court from March 2010 to October 2011. He had played a key role in the landmark Shreya Singhal v. Union of India case in 2015. He was also a part of the bench which struck down Section 66 (A) of the Information Technology Act as per which the police could arrest anyone posting emails that may cause “annoyance or inconvenience”.
Justice SA Bobde
On April 12, 2013, Justice Bodbe was elevated to the Supreme Court. Prior to his elevation to the apex court, he served as a judge in the Bombay High Court and Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Justice Bobde played a key role in the case in 2015 where it was clarified that no citizen of India without an Aadhaar card can be denied basic services and government services.
Justice RK Agrawal
Justice RK Agrawal was elevated to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014. Earlier, he was he was appointed the acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court in 2013.
Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman
Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman was elevated as a judge in the Supreme Court on 7 July 2014. But even before his elevation, he was a senior counsel at the apex court since 1993 and has also served as India’s solicitor-general between 2011 and 2013. He was part of the two-judge constitutional bench that heard the landmark Shreya Singhal case. He was also a part of the five-judge bench which recently gave its verdict in the triple talaq case striking down the practice of Talaq-e-Biddat or instant Triple Talaq.
Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre
Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre was elevated to the Supreme Court on August 13, 2014. Before his stint in the apex court, he has served as the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court and also as the first ever Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court.
Justice DY Chandrachud
Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2016 before which he served as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and a judge of the Bombay High Court. Justice Chandrachud is a known expert on human rights.
Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul
Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was appointed to the Supreme Court in February 29017. Prior to his role in the SC, he served as Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Chief Justice of the Madras High Court.
Justice S Abdul Nazeer
Justice S Abdul Nazeer was elevated to the Supreme Court in February 2017. He took over as the additional judge of the Karnataka High Court in 2003 and became a permanent judge in the same court in September 2004. He was the only Muslim judge on the five-judge bench that struck down instant Triple Talaq.
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