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The Judiciary I Served
The Judiciary I Served
P. Jaganmohan Reddy With a Prologue by Gautam Pingle
140 x 216 mm
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The Judiciary I Served is an account of an eminent jurist’s long and distinguished career in the law, from his early days as a barrister to his retirement from the Supreme Court of India.
As a judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Pingle Jaganmohan Reddy heard and decided on several landmark cases which had profound and lasting implications for the country, covering such issues as the fundamental right to property and the constitutional rights of minority educational institutions. The Bank Nationalisation case, the Keshavananda Bharati case and the St. Xavier’s case are some of the proceedings about which he writes in his book.
Justice Reddy’s years as a judge gave him a broad experience of different contemporary issues and personalities. In this book he provides an absorbing account of how repeated challenges, minor and major, were faced by both state and central governments, and how upright judges struggled against such pressures in order to uphold the proper functioning of the law.
The Prologue to this volume, by his son and academic Gautam Pingle, charts the life and times of Justice Reddy. Personal and heartwarming, the Prologue shows how probity, impartiality and firmness were features that marked the illustrious career of this distinguished judge.
Pingle Jaganmohan Reddy
(1910–99) was born at Waddepalli, Warangal District, in what was then the Nizam’s State of Hyderabad. He rose rapidly through the legal profession as a Divisional Judge, then a Judge of the High Court of Hyderabad before and after the 1948 Police Action, Judge of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, and Chief Justice, High Court of Andhra Pradesh, prior to his elevation to a Judgeship in the Supreme Court of India. On retirement from the Supreme Court in 1975, Justice Reddy served as Vice-Chancellor of Osmania University.
Prologue to this Edition by Gautam Pingle
Foreword to the First Edition by B. S. Murty
Preface to the First Edition
1 Becoming a Lawyer
2 Judicial Service
3 Divisional and Sessions Judge
4 Elevation to the High Court
5 As a Judge of the High Court
6 Some Problems of Administration
7 Two Chief Justices
8 Andhra Pradesh High Court
9 Chandra Reddy, Chief Justice
10 Chief Justice Chandra Reddy’s Transfer
11 Appointment as Chief Justice
12 After Becoming Chief Justice
13 Chief Justiceship: Problems and Incidents
14 To the Supreme Court
15 Communal Riots: Chairman, Commissions of Enquiry
16 The Bank Nationalisation Case
17 The Communal Riots Enquiry
18 Challenges to the Constitution
19 The Keshavananda Bharati Case
20 End of Judicial Tenure
Appendix Youthosophy—Yorkshire’s Most Youthful Pilot
Book Review | Published in Frontline, 30 August 2022.
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