All In The Family

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