Justice Sanjiv Khanna is an Indian lawyer who grew to become a Decide of the Delhi Excessive Court docket in June 2005 and later grew to become a Decide of the Supreme Court docket of India in January 2019.
Sanjiv Khanna was born on Saturday, 14 Could 1960 (age 63 years; as of 2023) in Delhi, India. His zodiac signal is Taurus. He accomplished his education in 1977 at Fashionable Faculty (DPS), Barakhamba Highway, Delhi. He accomplished his commencement at St. Stephen’s Faculty, Delhi College in 1980 and later studied legislation on the Campus Legislation Centre, Delhi College.
Peak (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 70kg
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
He was born right into a Himachali household.
Mother and father & Siblings
His father, Justice Dev Raj Khanna, was a Delhi Excessive Court docket Decide who retired in 1985 and handed away in 2004, and his mom, Saroj Khanna, was a Hindi lecturer at Woman Shri Ram Faculty, Delhi College. He has a brother.
Spouse & Youngsters
He has a sound; nonetheless, there are usually not many particulars accessible about his spouse and son.
He’s the nephew of Justice Hans Raj Khanna (also called HR Khanna) who, within the ADM Jabalpur v. Shiv Kant Shukla case, popularly generally known as the Habeas Corpus case, denounced the Primary Construction Doctrine in 1973 and gave the lone dissenting judgement, which made then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, very indignant. He was outmoded by Justice HM Beg, and protesting towards this resolution, Khanna resigned from the courtroom in early 1977.
He began the legislation observe in 1983 after enrolling within the Bar Council of Delhi as an advocate. He initially practiced at Tis Hazari Court docket in Delhi and after a number of years, he began practising at Delhi Excessive Court docket. His areas of observe have been primarily written petitions in public legislation issues, direct tax appeals, revenue tax prosecutions, arbitration instances, industrial fits, environmental and air pollution legal guidelines issues, medical negligence instances earlier than shopper boards, and firm legislation instances earlier than the Firm Legislation Board. He was additionally related to Delhi Judicial Academy, the Delhi Worldwide Arbitration Centre, and the district courtroom mediation centres.
Further Public Prosecutor & Civil Counsel
He was an Further Public Prosecutor for Delhi Authorities in lots of prison instances. For seven years, he was a senior standing counsel for the Earnings Tax Division. In 2004, he grew to become the standing counsel (Civil) in Delhi Excessive Court docket for the Delhi authorities.
Further and Everlasting Decide of the Delhi Excessive Court docket
On 24 June 2005, he was appointed as an Further Decide of the Delhi Excessive Court docket and was elevated to the place of Everlasting Decide of the Delhi Excessive Court docket on 20 February 2006.
Decide of the Supreme Court docket of India
On 18 January 2019, he grew to become a Decide of the Supreme Court docket of India. He is because of retire on 13 Could 2025. He’s anticipated to turn out to be the Chief Justice of India after the retirement of DY Chandrachud in 2024.
Energy to Grant Divorce Immediately
In Shilpa Sailesh v Varun Sreenivasan case, Justice Khanna agreed with the bulk opinion that the Supreme Court docket has the ability to instantly grant a divorce beneath Article 142 of the Indian Structure. He reasoned that to provide full justice, SC can grant the divorce on the grounds of an ‘irretrievable breakdown of the wedding.’
Within the Central Public Info Officer (CPIO), Supreme Court docket of India v Subhash Chandra Agarwal case, a five-judge bench together with Justice Khanna upheld the bulk opinion that the Workplace of the Chief Justice (OCJ) can be open for RTI requests; nonetheless, the request for data could be fastidiously checked, and any data which doesn’t violate the Decide’s Proper to Privateness. He quoted,
Judicial independence and accountability go hand in hand as accountability ensures, and is a aspect of judicial independence.”
Freedom of Speech
Within the Amish Devgan vs Union of India case, a two-judge bench of Justice Khanna and AM Khanwilkar refused to revoke the FIRs registered towards the information anchor Amish Devgan for utilizing the time period Lootera Chishti; nonetheless, they granted him safety from arrest and requested him to hitch the investigation until its completion. Justice Khanna quoted,
Article 19(1)(a) can’t be pressed into service for defeating the basic proper assured by Article 21 as if one claims to proper to speech, the others have the correct to hear or decline to hear.”
Revising Arbitration Price
Within the Revising Price Scale for Arbitrators case, he delivered a dissenting resolution and stated that the arbitral tribunal can repair an affordable payment within the absence of any arbitral settlement.
He owns a three-bedroom DDA (Delhi Growth Authority) flat with a storage in South Delhi, a 326 sq. yards home (in partnership along with his brother) in East Delhi, and an ancestral home in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh.
- Justice Sanjiv Khanna has by no means been the Chief Justice of any Excessive Court docket earlier than turning into a Decide of the Supreme Court docket of India.
- He’s the seventh Decide who has been instantly elevated to the Supreme Court docket from their mum or dad Excessive Court docket since 1997; six earlier than him have been Justices S Abdul Nazeer, Ranjana Prakash Desai, Lokeshwar Singh Panta, GP Mathur, Ruma Pal, and SS Quadri.
- On his first day as a Decide of the Supreme Court docket of India, he sat in the identical courtroom from the place his uncle, Late Justice HR Khanna, retired.
- When he was elevated to the Supreme Court docket of India, he outmoded 32 Judges of the Delhi Excessive Court docket which precipitated outrage among the many judges who criticized the choice.
- In February 2019, he recused himself from listening to the 1984 Sikh Riots offender Sajjan Kumar’s attraction towards his conviction and sentence. Apparently, he had refused Kumar’s bail plea within the Delhi Excessive Court docket in 2015.