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Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman: the Supreme Court’s “Renaissance Man”

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 12, Aug 2021
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  • Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman retires today
  • In 1993, then Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachaliah amended the court’s rules to designate him senior advocate at the age of 37.
  • He was appointed Solicitor General in 2011.
  • He became only the fifth lawyer in the nation’s history to be directly appointed as judge of the Supreme Court in 2014
  • Upcoming Book: Discordant Notes — The Voice of Dissent in the Last Court of Resort

Notable Works

  • He struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act which armed the State with power to send people to prison for “uncomfortable” social media messages.
  • The Supreme Court amended its rules following his judgment that review petitions filed by condemned prisoners should be heard in open court and not within the judges’ chambers.
  • He decriminalised homosexuality.