Chief Justices of India

The Federal Court came into being on 1 September 1937. The seat of the court was the Chamber of Princes in the Parliament building in Delhi. It began with a Chief Justice and two puisne judges. The first Chief Justice was Sir Maurice Gwyer and the other two judges were Sir Shah Muhammad Sulaiman and M. R. Jayakar. It functioned until the establishment of the Supreme Court of India on 28 January 1950.

Since the birth of the Republic of India on 26 January 1950, 45 people have served as the Chief Justice of India (CJI). While H. J. Kania is the inaugural CJI, the current incumbent is Dipak Misra who was appointed as Chief Justice of India on 28 August 2017. Justice Y. V. Chandrachud is the longest serving Chief Justice (February 1978 – July 1985).

List of Chief Justices of India:

Sl.No

Name

Term Began

Term End

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1

H. J. Kania

26-Jan-50

06-Nov-51

Bombay High Court

2

M. Patanjali Sastri

07-Nov-51

03-Jan-54

Madras High Court

3

Mehr Chand Mahajan

04-Jan-54

22-Dec-54

East Punjab High Court

4

Bijan Kumar Mukherjea

23-Dec-54

31-Jan-56

Calcutta High Court

5

Sudhi Ranjan Das

01-Feb-56

30-Sep-59

Calcutta High Court

6

Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Sinha

01-Oct-59

31-Jan-64

Patna High Court

7

Prahlad Balacharya Gajendragadkar

01-Feb-64

15-Mar-66

Bombay High Court

8

Amal Kumar Sarkar

16-Mar-66

29-Jun-66

Calcutta High Court

9

Koka Subba Rao

30-Jun-66

11-Apr-67

Madras High Court

10

Kailas Nath Wanchoo

12-Apr-67

24-Feb-68

Allahabad High Court

11

Mohammad Hidayatullah[2]

25-Feb-68

16-Dec-70

Bombay High Court

12

Jayantilal Chhotalal Shah

17-Dec-70

21-Jan-71

Bombay High Court

13

Sarv Mittra Sikri

22-Jan-71

25-Apr-73

Lahore High Court

14

Ajit Nath Ray

26-Apr-73

27-Jan-77

Calcutta High Court

15

Mirza Hameedullah Beg

28-Jan-77

21-Feb-78

Allahabad High Court

16

Yeshwant Vishnu Chandrachud

22-Feb-78

11-Jul-85

Bombay High Court

17

Prafullachandra Natwarlal Bhagwati

12-Jul-85

20-Dec-86

Gujarat High Court

18

Raghunandan Swarup Pathak

21-Dec-86

18-Jun-89

Allahabad High Court

19

Engalaguppe Seetharamiah Venkataramiah

19-Jun-89

17-Dec-89

Karnataka High Court

20

Sabyasachi Mukharji

18-Dec-89

25-Sep-90

Calcutta High Court

21

Ranganath Misra

26-Sep-90

24-Nov-91

Orissa High Court

22

Kamal Narain Singh

25-Nov-91

12-Dec-91

Allahabad High Court

23

Madhukar Hiralal Kania

13-Dec-91

17-Nov-92

Bombay High Court

24

Lalit Mohan Sharma

18-Nov-92

11-Feb-93

Patna High Court

25

Manepalli Narayana Rao Venkatachaliah

12-Feb-93

24-Oct-94

Karnataka High Court

26

Aziz Mushabber Ahmadi

25-Oct-94

24-Mar-97

Gujarat High Court

27

Jagdish Sharan Verma

25-Mar-97

17-Jan-98

Madhya Pradesh High Court

28

Madan Mohan Punchhi

18-Jan-98

09-Oct-98

Punjab and Haryana High Court

29

Adarsh Sein Anand

10-Oct-98

11-Jan-01

Jammu and Kashmir High Court

30

Sam Piroj Bharucha

11-Jan-01

06-May-02

Bombay High Court

31

Bhupinder Nath Kirpal

06-May-02

08-Nov-02

Delhi High Court

32

Gopal Ballav Pattanaik

08-Nov-02

19-Dec-02

Orissa High Court

33

V. N. Khare

19-Dec-02

02-May-04

Allahabad High Court

34

S. Rajendra Babu

02-May-04

01-Jun-04

Karnataka High Court

35

Ramesh Chandra Lahoti

01-Jun-04

01-Nov-05

Madhya Pradesh High Court

36

Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal

01-Nov-05

13-Jan-07

Delhi High Court

37

K. G. Balakrishnan

13-Jan-07

11-May-10

Kerala High Court

38

S. H. Kapadia

12-May-10

28-Sep-12

Bombay High Court

39

Altamas Kabir

29-Sep-12

18-Jul-13

Calcutta High Court

40

P. Sathasivam

19-Jul-13

26-Apr-14

Madras High Court

41

Rajendra Mal Lodha

27-Apr-14

27-Sep-14

Rajasthan High Court

42

H. L. Dattu

28-Sep-14

02-Dec-15

Karnataka High Court

43

Teerath Singh Thakur

03-Dec-15

03-Jan-17

Jammu and Kashmir High Court

44

Jagdish Singh Khekar

04-Jan-17

27-Aug-17

45

Justice Dipak Mishra

28-Aug-17

Incumbent

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