Former Supreme Court Justice
Assumed Office27th Feb, 2015
Retired On1st Mar, 2018
Chief Justice of the Orissa High CourtAugust 6th 2014
Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High CourtJanuary 2nd 2013
Judge of the Gauhati High CourtFebruary 4th 2002
Senior Advocate of the Gauhati High CourtJune 3rd 1999
EnrollmentFebruary 20th 1976
Justice Amitava Roy was born on March 1st 1953 in Kolkata, West Bengal. He is the son of Late Anadi Bhushan Roy who was a Senior Advocate at Dibrugarh in the State of Assam. Justice Roy was enrolled with the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on 20th February 1976.
He practiced in the district courts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia from 1976 to 1981. In 1981 he shifted his practice before the Gauhati High Court. He was the Senior Government Advocate of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh in the Gauhati High Court from 1991 to 1996. He was a member of Assam Law Commission till his elevation to the Supreme Court.
In Shyam Narayan Chouksey v Union of India a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, which comprised of Justice Roy and Justice Dipak Mishra, made it compulsory for cinema halls across India to play the National Anthem of India before the screening of any film and directed that the audience need to stand while the National Anthem is being played.
In State Of Karnataka v Selvi J. Jayalalitha a Bench comprising of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy set aside the Karnataka high court’s acquittal of AIADMK leader Sasikala and convicted her of corruption.
In Yakub Abdul Razak Memon v State Of Maharashtra a Bench comprising of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice P.C. Pant met in an unprecedented 90-minute hearing that started at 3.20 AM and rejected Memon’s mercy plea, observing that a stay on the death warrant could be a travesty of justice.