Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Y K Sabharwal on 3 July 2015 passed away following a prolonged illness. He was 73. He is survived by two sons Chetan and Nitin.
Born on 14 January 1942, Justice Sabharwal mainly practised in civil and constitutional cases. He was elevated as an additional judge of the Delhi High Court in 1986 and became its permanent judge in April 1987.
He later went on to become the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court in 1999, from where he was elevated as a judge of the apex court in 2000.
He was appointed as the CJI in 2005 and retired after a term of 14 months. As a judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Sabharwal delivered several important judgments dealing with constitutional matters, including the verdict in January 2006, that held the dissolution of Bihar Assembly as illegal and unconstitutional.
He also headed a bench monitoring river inter-linking projects in the country. He was also part of the bench that had cancelled petrol pump licences granted under the discretionary quota of ministers. He dealt with many bribery cases and cases concerning unauthorised construction in Delhi.
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