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Former Chief Justice of India and Head of JS Verma Committee, JS Verma Died

Apr 23, 2013 09:32 IST

Justice JS VermaJustice JS Verma, the former Chief Justice of India died on 22 April 2013 in New Delhi after multiple organ failure. He was of 80 years.

About Justice Jagdish Sharan Verma
• He was born on 18 January 1933 and completed his early education in Satna, Madhya Pradesh
• He was the 27th Chief Justice of India on 25 March 1997 and retired on 18 January 1998
• Justice Verma chaired the committee that was constituted by the Government of India to frame a tougher law to combat crimes against women, in the wake of the 16 December 2012 Delhi gang rape incident in the moving bus
• He served as the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission
• He served as the first Chairperson of the News Broadcasters’ Standards Authority
• In 1955, he started his legal career and became judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in June 1973. In 1986 he became the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and was the Chief Justice of Rajasthan high court from September, 1986 to 1989.
• In June 1989, he was appointed as a Judge in the Supreme Court of India.

Historical cases that he heard as a Judge and Chief Justice of India

• In 1994, he was the part of the nine-judge bench that dealt with the S R Bommai case related to proclamation of President's Rule under Article 356 of the Constitution in Karnataka. The Judgment of the Supreme Case after hearing the case was that President’s proclamation can be imposed only after approval from Parliament.
• He heard, Jain Hawala Case as the Chief Justice of India – in his decision to the case, he held that dairy notings that contain the initials of some persons doesn’t amount to a piece of evidence
• He was the head of the bench that heard Vishakha Case – this bench laid guidelines for prevention of woman against harassment at the workplace. The Bench in its judgment enhanced the scope of Article 21 Right to life and personal liberty
• He authored the Collegium of the appointment of judges that he later said that it needed to be revisited
• He wrote to the Prime Minister of India to convert the self-assessment of Judges Code of Conduct into law to give it statutory teeth
• In the Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi he set aside the Bombay High Court verdict holding the election Manohar Joshi to Maharashtra Assembly as void in 1996 In this case, the Supreme Court held that Hindutva is the way of Life.

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