Five judges, five faiths: Meet the Supreme Court justices who delivered the historic verdict

The judges have heard seven pleas, including five separate petitions filed by Muslim women challenging the prevalent practice of 'triple talaq' in the community.

Published: 23rd August 2017 08:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd August 2017 08:24 AM   |  A+A-

Supreme Court (File| PTI)

By Express News Service

Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar

J S Khehar

He is the 44th and current Chief Justice of India. Khehar is the first CJI from the Sikh community. A graduate in science from Government College, Chandigarh, in 1974, he was awarded the LL.B degree by the Panjab University in 1977. He then acquired the LL.M. qualification from the same university in 1979. CJI Khehar had been part of a Constitution bench that shot down the National Judicial Appointments Commission, a body set up through a constitutional amendment passed by Parliament, to select judges for the SC and high courts. He authored the lead judgment in the case, terming the NJAC a threat to the independence of the judiciary. He is due to retire from the Supreme Court on August 28, 2017.

Justice Kurian Joseph

He is the second judge in the five-judge Constitution bench on the Triple Talaq issue. He studied at St. Joseph’s UP School, Chengal, Kalady, St. Sebastian’s High School, Kanjoor, Bharatha Matha College, Thrikkakara, Sree Sankara College and Kerala Law Academy in Thiruvananthapuram. He is part of a bench which is hearing the coal scam case. Justice Kurian Joseph retires in November 2018.

Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman

Rohinton Fali Nariman

Justice Rohinton F Nariman is an ordained priest from Bandra Agiary (Parsi Fire Temple), known for his knowledge in comparative religious studies. Justice Nariman is part of the nine-judge Constitution bench that has reserved its verdict on the issue of whether the right to privacy has fundamental constitu-tional sanctity. He was also part of the bench which directed contro-versial businessman Vijay Mallya to make a detailed disclosure of his assets abroad. He will hold office until August 2021.

Justice Uday Umesh Lalit

He expressed an inclination to consider the issue of audio and video recordings of proceedings in all courts such as district courts, high courts and the top court. Justice Lalit was part of a bench that barred the police from making direct arrests in dowry cases without ascertaining the veracity of allegations. He was also part of the bench that directed the CBI to probe the extrajudicial killings by the army, Assam Rifles, and Manipur police in Manipur. He will hold office till November 2022.

Justice Abdul Nazeer

He is the lone Muslim judge in the five-judge bench on the Triple Talaq issue. Justice Nazeer is also part of the bench that is hearing the vexed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. He is also part of the nine-judge Constitution bench that has reserved its verdict on whether the right to privacy can be considered a fundamental right under the Constitution.


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