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All In The Family

11 out of 28 sitting SC judges had either judges or legal luminaries as relatives

All In The Family
All In The Family

Sitting SC Judges

CJI Tirat Singh Thakur

  • Father Late Justice Devi Dass Thakur, addnl judge, J&K HC
  • Brother Dhiraj Singh Thakur, judge of J&K HC since 2013

Justice Dipak Misra

  • Uncle Late Justice Ranganath Misra, former CJI and first chairman, NHRC

Justice Madan B. Lokur

  • Father Justice Bhimji N. Lokur, former judge of Allahabad HC and former Union law secretary

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose

  • Father Late Justice Sambhu Chandra Ghose, former CJ, Calcutta HC

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde

  • Father Former AG of Maharashtra Arvind Bobde

Justice Shiva Kirti Singh

  • Father Late Justice Shambhu Prasad Singh, Patna High Court
  • Maternal grandfather Late Justice Bhubaneswar Prasad Sinha, sixth CJI

Justice Arun Mishra

  • Father Late Justice H.G. Mishra, former judge, Madhya Pradesh HC

Justice R.F. Nariman 

  • Father Noted jurist Fali S. Nariman, senior advocate

Justice Uday Umesh Lalit

  • Father Justice U.R. Lalit, former additional judge, Delhi High Court

Justice Amitava Roy

  • Father Late Anadi ­Bhushan Roy, senior advocate
  • Father-in-law Late Justice Salil Kumar Dutta, former judge, ­Calcutta High Court

Justice D.Y.  Chandrachud

  • Father Late Justice Y.V. ­Chandrachud, former CJI


Former CJIs  With Judicial/Legal Family Background

  • Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha Father Justice Srikrishna Mal Lodha (judge, Rajasthan HC) Uncles Chand Mal Lodha (CJ, Rajasthan HC & Guwahati HC), Guman Mal Lodha (freedom fighter, CJ, Guwahati HC)
  • Justice Altamas Kabir Father A minister in West Bengal Sister When she was elevated to ­Calcutta HC in 2010, Kabir, then a senior SC judge, claimed he had recused ­himself from the collegium during the selection process
  • Justice R.C. Lahoti Father Ratan Lal Lahoti, advocate
  • Justice V.N. Khare Uncle S.C. Khare, Indira Gandhi’s lawyer in her famous election case
  • Justice B.N. Kirpal Father Amarnath Kirpal, lawyer


Probable CJIs

  • Justice Dipak Misra
  • Justice Ranjan Gogoi
  • Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde
  • Justice U.U. Lalit
  • Justice D.Y. Chandrachud
Source: National Lawyers’ Campaign for Judicial Transparency and Reforms
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