A. K. Goel

A. K. Goel

Former Supreme Court Judge

Assumed Office7th Jul, 2014

Retires On6th Jul, 2018


Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court 2001-

Executive Chairman, Haryana State Legal Services Authority2005-

Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court 2011

Chief Justice of the Gauhati High CourtDecember 2011-

Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court 2013-

Judge of the Supreme Court 7th July, 2014-

Age: 0

Tracked Cases: 1



Notable Judgements


Justice Goel was a part of the two-Judge Bench of Supreme Court which held that the 6 months waiting period prescribed under the Hindu Marriage Act for divorce by mutual consent is not mandatory, and can be waived under certain circumstances.

Highlighting the importance of having men and women with leadership qualities among the subordinate judiciary which has over two crore pending cases, a Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and U.U. Lalit, held there was no room for non-performers among the subordinate judiciary. “Public interest is above individual interest,” Justice Goel wrote. Thus the Bench fixed a time bound hearing and disposing of criminal cases, especially those involving bail; and constant monitoring by the High Court over the functioning of subordinate Courts.

He was a part of the bench that held that polygamy is not an intrinsic part of any religion and the government can frame laws to regulate it, and that a Muslim’s fundamental right to practice Islam did not include polygamy.

He was also a part of the Bench that framed guidelines to prevent the ‘misuse’ of Section 498A IPC.

A bench comprising of Justice T. S. Thakur and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel ruled that in cases where the accused is unable to pay the required compensation to the victim or his/her family, then the State government should pay the same compensation as ordered by the court.


Tracked Cases