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List of notable or famous judges from India, with bios and photos, including the top judges born in India and even some popular judges who immigrated to India. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Indian judges then this list is the perfect resource for you. These judges are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known judge from India is included when available.

List people range from Mahadev Govind Ranade to Kashinath Trimbak Telang. Featuring Chief Justices and more, this list has it all. 

This historic judges from India list can help answer the questions "Who are some Indian judges of note?" and "Who are the most famous judges from India?" These prominent judges of India may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Indian judges.

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Aziz Mushabber Ahmadi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Judges from India
Aziz Mushabber Ahmadi age 86 Aziz Mushabber Ahmadi was the 26th Chief Justice of India. After serving as a judge in the Gujarat High Court, Ahmadi was appointed judge to the Supreme Court in 1988. He was then elevated to ...more

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Abhay Thipsay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Judges from India
Abhay Thipsay Justice Abhay Mahadeo Thipsay is a Judge at the Bombay High Court. He decided the Best Bakery case in Mumbai.

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Adarsh Sein Anand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Judges from India
Adarsh Sein Anand age 81 Adarsh Sein Anand was the 29th Chief Justice of India, serving from 10 October 1998 to 31 October 2001. Anand completed his studies in Jammu, Lucknow University, and University College London, ...more

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Anna Chandy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Judges from India
Anna Chandy Died at 91 (1905-1996) Justice Anna Chandy was the first female judge in India and also the first woman in India to become a high court judge. Anna Chandy was born in 1905 and raised in Trivandrum. She was a Syrian ...more

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Anshuman Singh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Judges from India
Anshuman Singh age 83 Anshuman Singh is a former governor of Rajasthan. He was governor of the state from January 1999 to May 2003. Earlier he was governor of Gujarat state in 1998. Born in 1935 in Allahabad he ...more

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Arijit Pasayat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Judges from India
Arijit Pasayat age 74 Justice Arijit Pasayat is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India. He hails from Orissa, where he practised in matters relating to taxation and constitutional affairs before the Orissa ...more

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Avula Sambasiva Rao is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Judges from India
Avula Sambasiva Rao age 101 Justice Avula Sambasiva Rao was an Indian judge who was a Lok Ayukta and Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh; and also a Vice-chancellor of Andhra University. Rao was educated at Guntur, Madras and ...more

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B. N. Srikrishna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Judges from India
B. N. Srikrishna age 76 Bellur Narayanaswamy Srikrishna known as Justice Srikrishna or Justice B N Srikrishna is an Indian jurist and a retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India. From 1993–98, he headed the ...more

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C. K. Thakker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Judges from India
C. K. Thakker age 74 Justice C.K. Thakker is a judge in the Supreme Court of India. Justice Thakker was born at Mander near Porbandar in the State of Gujarat. He took primary education in Mander and Madhavpur, ...more

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Chand Mal Lodha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Judges from India
Chand Mal Lodha age 100 Chand Mal Lodha, also known as C M Lodha, was a chief justice of the Rajasthan High Court and the Guwahati High Court. He was born in 1918 at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, and graduated as a gold ...more

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Daulat Mal Bhandari is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Judges from India
Daulat Mal Bhandari Died at 97 (1907-2004) Daulat Mal Bhandari was Chief Justice of High Court of Rajasthan in India, a member of the first Lok Sabha and a freedom fighter . He was member of Lok Sabha from 1952 to 1955 representing the ...more

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Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Judges from India
Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud age 59 Dr. Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud is the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and an eminent jurist in India.

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Elijah Impey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Judges from India
Elijah Impey Died at 77 (1732-1809) Sir Elijah Impey was a British judge, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal, Chief Justice of the Sadr Diwani Adalat and MP for New Romney.

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Faizanuddin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Judges from India
Faizanuddin age 86 Justice Faizanuddin is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. Born in 1932 in Panna, Madhya Pradesh, he graduated from Hamidia College of Bhopal. He was appointed a judge of Madhya ...more

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Fathima Beevi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Judges from India
Fathima Beevi age 90 Justice M. Fathima Beevi was the first female judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court of India and the first Muslim woman to be appointed to any higher judiciary. She is the first woman judge ...more

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Gopal Ballav Pattanaik is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Judges from India
Gopal Ballav Pattanaik age 80 Gopal Ballav Pattanaik was the 32nd Chief Justice of India. He was born on 19 December 1937 in the city of Cuttack, now in Odisha, India. He is the eldest son of Rashbehari Pattnaik and Bidulata ...more

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G. T. Nanavati is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Judges from India
G. T. Nanavati age 83 Girish Thakorlal Nanavati is a retired judge from the Supreme Court of India. After his retirement he has headed two commissions inquiring into the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots and the Godhra riots.

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Gopal Swarup Pathak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Judges from India
Gopal Swarup Pathak Died at 86 (1896-1982) Gopal Swarup Pathak was the fourth Vice President of India from August 1969 to August 1974. Born on 26 February 1896 at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, he studied law at Allahabad University . He was ...more

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Guman Mal Lodha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Judges from India
Guman Mal Lodha Died at 83 (1926-2009) Guman Mal Lodha was the chief justice of Gauhati High Court and former member of Lok Sabha. Born in 1926 in Nagaur District in Rajasthan, India, Lodha graduated with BCom and LLB degrees at ...more

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H. J. Kania is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Judges from India
H. J. Kania Died at 61 (1890-1951) Sir Harilal Jekisundas Kania was the first Chief Justice of India, dying in office in 1951.

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H. S. Bedi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Judges from India
H. S. Bedi age 71 Harjit Singh Bedi is a justice of the Supreme Court of India. Bedi comes from a family of agriculturists from Sahiwal, now in Pakistan. He is a descendant of Guru Nanak, being number 17 in the ...more

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Hans Raj Khanna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Judges from India
Hans Raj Khanna Died at 96 (1912-2008) Hans Raj Khanna was a legendary judge of the Supreme Court of India. Two of his judgements form the basis of modern constitutional law, decades after they were delivered. In the Habeas Corpus ...more

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Jagmohanlal Sinha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Judges from India
Jagmohanlal Sinha Died at 88 (1920-2008) Jagmohanlal Sinha was an Indian judge, who served in the Allahabad High Court. He is best known for his 1975 ruling in State of Uttar Pradesh v. Raj Narain case in which he invalidated the ...more

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Janaki Amma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Judges from India
Janaki Amma Died at 85 (1920-2005) Justice Janaki Amma, popularly known as Justice P. Janaki Amma, is a former judge of the Kerala High Court. She was born in a village in Thrissur district of Kerala. She lived most of her life ...more

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C K Thakkar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Judges from India
C K Thakkar age 74 C. K. Thakkar is a judge serving the Supreme Court of India since June 2004.

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Mahavir Singh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Judges from India
Mahavir Singh Died at 77 (1920-1997) Justice Mahavir Singh was a justice, an authority of law and social reformer of India. He was born on 14 September 1920 in Ailum, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. He passed MA and LL.B. in 1942 ...more

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V. Balakrishna Eradi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Judges from India
V. Balakrishna Eradi Died at 88 (1922-2010) Vettath Balakrishna Eradi was a Judge of Supreme Court of India. He also served as the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court and as President of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal ...more

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K. G. Balakrishnan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Judges from India
K. G. Balakrishnan age 72 Konakuppakatil Gopinathan Balakrishnan is the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of India. He is a former Chief Justice of India. He was the first judge from the state of Kerala ...more

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K. K. Mathew is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Judges from India
K. K. Mathew Died at 81 (1911-1992) K. K. Mathew was a Judge of the Supreme Court of India highly regarded for his scholarship and for his seminal contribution to the Constitutional and Administrative law in India. He later served ...more

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K. S. Hegde is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Judges from India
K. S. Hegde Died at 81 (1909-1990) Kawdoor Sadananda Hegde is a former Speaker of the Lok Sabha, a Supreme Court Judge, and the founder of the Nitte Education Trust. He is the father of Santhosh Hegde, who was also a Judge of the ...more

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Kashinath Trimbak Telang is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Judges from India
Kashinath Trimbak Telang Died at 43 (1850-1893) Kashinath Trimbak Telang was an Indologist and Indian judge at Bombay High Court.

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Lawrence Peel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Judges from India
Lawrence Peel Died at 85 (1799-1884) Sir Lawrence Peel was a judge in India, chief justice of Calcutta. Lawrence Peel was third son of Joseph Peel of Bowes Farm, Middlesex, who died in 1821, and Anne, second daughter of Jonathan ...more

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Leila Seth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Judges from India
Leila Seth age 87 Justice Leila Seth was the first woman judge on the Delhi High Court and the first woman to become Chief Justice of a state High Court.

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M. C. Chagla is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Judges from India
M. C. Chagla Died at 81 (1900-1981) Mahommedali Currim Chagla was a renowned Indian jurist, diplomat, and Cabinet Minister who served as Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court from 1948 to 1958.

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Madan Mohan Tarkalankar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Judges from India
Madan Mohan Tarkalankar Died at 41 (1817-1858) Madan Mohan Tarkalankar was a Bengali poet and Sanskrit scholar. He also developed Bengali text-books for children. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Akshay Kumar Datta and Tarkalankar were the first ...more

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Mahadev Govind Ranade is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Judges from India
Mahadev Govind Ranade Died at 59 (1842-1901) Justice Mahadev Govind Ranade was a distinguished Indian scholar, social reformer and author. He was a founding member of the Indian National Congress and owned several designations as member of ...more

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Rama Jois is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Judges from India
Rama Jois age 86 Justice Mandagadde Rama Jois is a current member of Rajya Sabha, a former governor of Jharkhand and Bihar states, and a former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He is also a ...more

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Manepalli Narayana Rao Venkata... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Judges from India
Manepalli Narayana Rao Venkatachaliah age 88 M. N. Venkatachaliah was the 25th Chief Justice of India. He served as Chief Justice from 1993 to 1994. He currently serves as the Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, a ...more

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Maurice Gwyer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Judges from India
Maurice Gwyer Died at 74 (1878-1952) Sir Maurice Linford Gwyer, GCIE, KCB, KCSI, KC was Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, and Chief Justice of India. He is credited with having founded the prestigious college Miranda House in ...more

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Mehr Chand Mahajan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Judges from India
Mehr Chand Mahajan Died at 78 (1889-1967) Mehr Chand Mahajan was the third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India. Prior to that he was the Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir during the reign of Maharaja Hari Singh and played a ...more

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Milap Chand Jain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Judges from India
Milap Chand Jain age 89 Milap Chand Jain was the former Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court. He was born in 1929 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. After obtaining his B. Com. and LLM degrees, he was appointed as a judge of ...more

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Mirza Hameedullah Beg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Judges from India
Mirza Hameedullah Beg Mirza Hameedullah Beg was the 15th Chief Justice of India, serving from January 1977 to February 1978.

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Mohan Lall Shrimal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Judges from India
Mohan Lall Shrimal age 95 Mohan Lall Shrimal is a former chief justice of Sikkim High Court. He hails from Jaipur in Rajasthan state in India. In 2001 he was awarded Maharana Mewar award . He was born in 1923 and was ...more

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Mohammad Hidayatullah is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Judges from India
Mohammad Hidayatullah Died at 87 (1905-1992) Mohammad Hidayatullah OBE was the eleventh Chief Justice of India serving from February 25, 1968 to December 16, 1970, and the sixth Vice-President of India, serving from 31 August 1979 to 30 ...more

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Nitte Santosh Hegde is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Judges from India
Nitte Santosh Hegde age 77 Nitte Santosh Hegde is a former justice of the Supreme Court Of India, former Solicitor General of India and was Lokayukta for Karnataka State of India from 2006-2011.

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N. Venkatachala is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Judges from India
N. Venkatachala age 87 Nanje Gowda Venkatachala is retired judge of the Supreme court of India and former Lokayukta of state of Karnataka. He was popular for his approach of taking action in each and every case he ...more

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Nagendra Singh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Judges from India
Nagendra Singh Died at 74 (1914-1988) Maharaj Sri Nagendra Singh was an Indian lawyer and administrator who served as President of the International Court of Justice from 1985 to 1988.

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O.P. Verma is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Judges from India
O.P. Verma age 81 Om Prakash Verma is an Indian administrator. He has been the governor of Punjab, Governor of Haryana, Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court and the Chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Human Rights ...more

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Pannalal Bose is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Judges from India
Pannalal Bose Pannalal Bose was an eminent jurist and a judge who delivered famous "Bhawal's Case" which rocked the Privy Council by storm setting aside the Full Bench Judgment of the Calcutta High ...more

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M. Patanjali Sastri is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Judges from India
M. Patanjali Sastri Died at 74 (1889-1963) Mandakolathur Patanjali Sastri was the second Chief Justice of India, serving in the post from 7 November 1951 to 3 January 1954. He was the son of Pandit Krishna Sastri, senior Sanskrit pandit ...more