Offering its verdict on the IPL scam lawsuit, the Supreme Court today appointed a three-member panel of former apex court judges -- RM Lodha, Ashok Bhan and RV Raveendran -- to initiate far-reaching recommendations of reforms and amendments of work module of the Board for Control Cricket in India.
The newly appointed panel of legal luminaries will look into matters like BCCI elections, sports fraud, conflict of interest and other related issues. Following is a quick look on the members of the panel:
1. Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha
Born in Jodhpur, former Chief Justice of India justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, was enrolled with Bar Council of Rajasthan in February 1973 and was familiar with all branches of law -- constitutional, civil, company, criminal, taxation and labour.
According to a report in The Hindu, he became a Permanent Judge of the Rajasthan High Court in January 1994 and was later shifted to Bombay High Court in the same year. Lodha went bank to the Rajasthan High Court in February 2007 and became the Administrative Judge of the Rajasthan High Court and chairman of State Judicial Academy as well. On 13 May 2008, he became the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court and on 17 December 2008 became a judge of the Supreme Court. Lodha became CJI on 27 April last year and retired on 27 September from the post.
Former CJI justice Lodha came to limelight when he did not quite approve of his predecessor P Sathasivam accepting his appointment as Kerala governor. "It's my personal view that any judge should not accept any constitutional position, or any assignment associated with the government. It is my view that we need to amend a law that ensures that at least for two years after retirement, a judge is not given a constitutional post," said justice Lodha.
Commenting on the nature of judgements that justice Lodha during his tenure, an article in the Daily Mail had said, "Lodha’s judgments will paint their grey-in-grey and, to borrow Hegel’s phrase, their wisdom will be found after the twilight. "
2. Justice Ashok Bhan
Born on 02 October 1943, justice Ashok Bhan started his legal career in 1965. Before being appointed as a Supreme Court judge on 17 June 2001, he was the Acting Chief Justice from 26 June 2000 to 20 October 2000 of the Karnataka High Court which he joined on 07 October 1997. Justice Bhan also served as a part-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Punjab University from 1969 to 1979 and became the Additional Advocate General of Punjab from November 1979 to March 1980.
According to the information available on the Supreme Court website, he was designated as senior advocate in December 1982 and worked as Senior Standing Counsel for the Chandigarh Administration from 1983 till his appointment as judge on 13 June 1990. He also served as the Senior Counsel for the Department of Income Tax. Justice Bhan was appointed as judge in the Punjab & Haryana High Court on 15 June 1990 and was later transferred to Karnataka High Court. He retired as Supreme Court judge on 17 June 2001. After his superannuation he was appointed as the head of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.
3. Justice Raju Varadarajulu Raveendran
Known for acumen for landmark judgements, Justice Raveedran had given an epoch-making judgement on the gubernatorial issue as part of a Constitution Bench.
"The Governor cannot be removed on the ground that he/she is out of sync with the policies and ideologies of the Union government or the party in power at the Centre. Nor can he/she be removed on the ground that the Union government has lost confidence in him/her," Justice Raveedran had written in his observation, according to a report on The Hindu. He was also part of the Constitution Bench that had given the go ahead for 27 percent quota reservation for OBC students in Central educational Institutions.
Born on 15 October 1946, he became a permanent judge of the Karnataka High Court on 22 February 1993. The Supreme Court website informs that he took over as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on 8 July 2004. "On September 9, 2005, he became judge of the Supreme Court, where he rendered landmark judgments on issues of the Constitution, reservation, education and human rights," The Hindu report said. Justice Raveendran retired from the apex court on 15 October 2011.
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