Jasti Chelameswar

Jasti Chelameswar

Retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India

Assumed Office10th Oct, 2011

Retired On22nd Jun, 2018


Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court2010-2011

Chief Justice of the Guwahati High Court2007-2010

Judge of the Allahabad High Court1997-2007

Age: 68

Tracked Cases: 2


L.L.B.Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam


He gave the dissenting opinion in Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association v Union of India, which held the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) unconstitutional. Justice Chelameswar is known for pointing out discrepancies in the functioning of the collegiums, stating that the system has become ‘a euphemism for nepotism where mediocrity or even less is promoted and a constitutional disorder does not look distant.’ He has openly criticised the proceedings of the collegiums stating that they are absolutely opaque and inaccessible to public, with judges being selected on personal requests. According to him, the NJAC was much needed reform to address myriads of problems plaguing the Indian judiciary, including spiralling arrears and the inability to fill up vacancies. His decision to opt out of the collegium is proof of his aversion towards the current collegium system.


He was a part of the division bench of the Supreme Court which held Section 66A of the Information Technology Act 2000 as unconstitutional as being arbitrary, and excessively and disproportionately invading the right of free speech and expression.


He was a part of the bench, with Justice Sapre that upheld the validity of Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015, which introduced the minimum educational qualification for candidates to contest the panchayat elections.


He is a part of the bench of the Supreme Court that has clarified that no Indian citizen without an Aadhaar card can be deprived of basic services and government subsidies.