Born on September 28,1949 at Jodhpur, Son of
Justice S.K. Mal Lodha, former Judge of Rajasthan High Court. Took
B.SC. and LL.B Degree from University of Jodhpur and enrolled with
Bar Council of Rajasthan on February, 1973. Practiced Law in the
Rajasthan High Court and dealt with all branches of law :
Constitutional, Civil, Company, Criminal, Taxation, Labour, etc.
He was the Central Government Standing Counsel in charge of entire
litigation of Union of India at Jaipur Bench during the period
1990 to 1992. He represented Rajasthan High Court in important
matters as a Special Counsel. Argued many important cases on
behalf of number of Government bodies, Semi-Government
bodies, Public authorities like the Rajasthan State Industrial and
Investment Development Corporation, Rajasthan Text Book Board,
Rajasthan Agricultural Marketing Board, Bharatpur Central
Co-operative Bank, Rajasthan State Electricity Board, New India
Assurance Company, Oriental Insurance Company, Kendriya Vidyalaya
etc. Elevated as a Permanent Judge of Rajasthan High Court
on January 31, 1994. Transferred to Bombay High Court where he
assumed office on February 16, 1994.
As a Judge, Bombay High Court for thirteen
years, he sat on almost all jurisdictions and for many years
presided over Division Benches dealing with Constitutional
matters, Tax Laws, Arbitration, Intellectual property, Land
Acquisition, Labour, Cooperatives, Public Interest Litigation etc.
Also presided over Full Benches involving important questions of
law. He has delivered large number of judgments on diverse issues
of law which have been reported in various journals.
He has participated in important conferences,
study groups and training programmes meant for Superior Judiciary
on intellectual property, gender bias and HIV/AIDS.
He was involved in the administration of Bombay
High Court as (i) Senior Administrative Judge (ii) Chairman, Rules
Committee constituted under Section 122 of the Code of Civil
Procedure (iii) Chairman, E-Committee for Computerisation in
District Courts (iv) Chairman, Monitoring Committee for
implementation of decisions taken in the Chief Justices Conference
(v) Visitor, Board of Visitors, Judicial Officers Training
Institute, Nagpur (vi) Member, Disciplinary Committee, Building
Committee, Review Committee of Judicial Officers, Review Committee
for reviewing cases of Class I and Class II Gazetted Officers of
High Court, Finance Committee and various other administrative
He was Chairman, Advisory Board constituted
under the COFEPOSA Act, 1974 and the M.P.D.A. Act, 1981 in the
State of Maharashtra.
He was re-transferred to Rajasthan High Court
where he assumed office on 2nd February, 2007. Has been
administrative Judge of Rajasthan High court.
He was associated with National Law University,
Jodhpur as its executive member and has been Chairman, State
Judicial Academy, Rajasthan.
Sworn in as Chief Justice, Patna High Court on
13th May, 2008.
Elevated as a Judge of Supreme Court of India
on 17th December, 2008.
of Office: 17.12.2008
as The Chief Justice of India in the forenoon of 27.04.2014