FALI S NARIMAN (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Polity)

News-CRUX-10     5th April 2024        
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Context: Recently, CJI  paid homage to the late Senior Advocate Fali S Nariman, stating that the values he embodied - unflinching ethics, indomitable courage, and an unwavering pursuit of principle provide a balm to the soul of the profession.


Fali S Nariman

  • Born: 1929, in Rangoon (Myanmar), British India.
  • Legal Career: Enrolled as an advocate of the Bombay High Court in 1950.

oIn 1971, he became a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court. 

oIn 1972, he was appointed as Additional Solicitor General of India, resigned a day after the imposition of Emergency in 1975, in protest.

oPresident of the Bar Association of India from 1991 to 2010.

  • Political career: He was a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha from 1999 to 2005.
  • Awards: Received Padma Bhushan in 1991 and Padma Vibhushan in 2007 for contributions to law and jurisprudence.
  • Notable works: Prolific author with notable works including "Before the Memory Fades" and "The State of the Nation."
  • Legal System and Judicial Independence: He was part of was the challenge to the Constitutional amendment to set about a National Judicial Appointments Commission to replace the Collegium system for appointing judges.

o Arguing against the new system, the jurist had said the proposed commission would be a "complete anathema to judicial independence".

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