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By V. Guna|Email the author|Jun 30,2013   (8410 views)
P. Sathasivam is Now Honourable Chief Justice of India

P. Sathasivam, B.A., B.L., - born on April 27, 1949.
Enrolled as an Advocate on July 25, 1973 at Madras.
Practiced in all types of Writ, Civil and Criminal matters, Company Petition, Insolvency Petitions, Habeas Corpus Petitions both on Original and Appellate sides of the Madras High Court.
Worked as Government Advocate, Additional Government Pleader, Special Government Pleader in the Madras High Court.
Also worked as Legal Adviser for several State owned Transport Corporations, Municipalities, Nationalized Banks etc.
Appointed as a permanent Judge of the Madras High Court on January 8, 1996.
Transferred to the Punjab & Haryana High Court on 20.04.2007.
Appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 21.08.2007.
Due to retire on 27.04.2014 (F.N.)

Justice Sathasivam belonged to an agricultural family. Hailing from Kadappanallur village, Bhavani taluk in Erode district of Tamil Nadu, He was the first graduate in his family and the first law graduate in his village. He was appointed a permanent judge of the Madras High Court on January 8, 1996. As a High Court judge, though he handled all types of cases, he disposed of more cases in service, labour and accident claim matters. On April 20, 2007, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

He sworned as CJI on July 19, 2013. He is due to retire on April 26, 2014.

As a Supreme Court judge, Justice Sathasivam has delivered some landmark judgments on matters of national importance which include Reliance Natural Resources Ltd. vs. Reliance Industries Limited wherein he emphasised the use of natural resources through public sector undertakings. He observed that ``in a national democracy like ours, the national assets belong to the people`` and ``the government owns such assets for the purposes of developing them in the interests of the people.``

In Rabindra Kumar Pal alias Dara Singh vs. Union of India case, he dealt with the triple murder case of Australian Christian missionary Graham Stuart Staines and his two minor sons. This judgment concluded with the hope that Mahatma Gandhi`s vision of religion playing a positive role in bringing India`s numerous religions and communities into an integrated prosperous nation be realised by way of equal respect for all religions.

In another valiant pronouncement in Md. Khalil Chisti vs. State of Rajasthan, he set aside the Pakistani national`s conviction under Section 302 IPC and allowed him to go back to his native country.

In the Mayawati vs. Union of India case, he held that the Central Bureau of Investigation exceeded its jurisdiction in lodging FIR of disproportionate assets against Mayawati in the Taj Corridor matter and the same was quashed as being illegal.

In a number of judgments, he cautioned the courts against awarding lesser sentence in crimes against women and children and showing undue sympathy towards the accused by altering the sentence to the extent of period already undergone.

In the Mumbai blasts case, Justice Sathasivam convicted Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt to five years` imprisonment under the Arms Act and he was asked to serve out the remaining sentence.

As executive chairman, National Legal Services Authority, he visited several States and created awareness on people`s rights and entitlement. He inaugurated several legal literacy camps in rural areas, schools and colleges.

Reference Courtesy : Supreme Court of India, The Hindu
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