an extraordinary life
Jagdish Sharan Verma was born in 1933 in Satna, Madhya Pradesh. He was one of 7 brothers and 3 sisters.
He completed his early education in Venkat High School, and Government Jubilee Inter College, Lucknow.
He read for his BSc and LLB at Allahabad University, where was a keen cricketer.
He began his legal career in the Satna District Court in 1955.
joining the fraternity
He was appointed Judge, Madhya Pradesh High Court in 1972. He quickly made his mark through a landmark judgment in 1973 ordering juveniles to be tried in separate procedures to adults. This judgment formed the basis for the Juvenile Justice Act, 1986.
He was one of the earliest judges to fight back against The Emergency, rubbishing the Governments claim that the Emergency took precedence over rights to life and liberty.
He stood out as one of the few High Court judges that released detainees arrested under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act.
he became Chief Justice, MAdhya Pradesh in june 1985
At the apex
His reputation as a fearless judge continued to grow as he delivered his One Man Enquiry into the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.
His integrity was renowned throughout Dehli's corridors.
It was in Delhi in 3 Janpath Road that he became a grandfather.
Justice Verma served as the Chariman, National Human Rights Commission between 1999 and 2003.
He gave advice on issues of national importance to the Government, Defence services and Civil Society.
He was a crucial proponent and member of the team to implement RTI Act in 2005.
He spent much of his time giving lectures in schools and colleges around the country, trying to engage with and inspire the hearts and minds of tomorrow.
He was the first Chariman of the News Broadcasters Association.
the aam admi
Justice Verma always refrained from doing any private for-profit work.
He lived with his family in a rented flat in Noida, a Delhi satellite town.
His last rites were performed jointly, by his granddaughter and grandson.
He served as Chief Justice, Rajasthan from September 1986.
And as Governor of Rajasthan on two separate occasions between 1986 and 1989.
His appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court, long overdue, occurred in June 1989.
Justice Verma was sworn in as Chief Justice on 25th March, 1997 by President Shankar Dayal Sharma.
His tenure saw some of his greatest legal innovation, as in the Vishaka Judgment.
He is remembered as the Judiciary’s “conscience keeper” for his “Restatement of the Values of Judicial Life” – a code of ethics for the judiciary.
He remains one of India’s most highly regarded chief justices.
He enjoyed cricket, reading on the jhula and spending time with family and friends.