M.M. Shantangoudar

M.M. Shantangoudar

Retired Judge of the Supreme Court

Assumed Office17th Feb, 2017

Retired On24th Apr, 2021


Chief Justice of Kerala High Court of KeralaSeptember 22nd 2016

Permanent Judge of the Karnataka High Court September 24th 2004

Additional Judge of the Karnataka High Court May 12th 2003

President of Bangalore Mediation Centre

President of Karnataka Judicial Academy

State Public Prosecutor of Karnataka State1999

Chairman of Karnataka State Bar Council 1995

Vice-Chairman of Karnataka State Bar Council from1991

Enrolment1980, Karnataka State Bar Council

Age: 0

Tracked Cases: 1


Notable Judgments

Justice Shantanagoudar was part of a three-Judge Bench which stated that the remedy of writ of habeas corpus cannot be used for mere enforcement of the directions given by the foreign court against a person within its jurisdiction and convert that jurisdiction into that of an existing court. The SC thus reversed the decision of the Delhi High Court which had allowed a habeas corpus as there was an order in a UK Court to that effect.


Along with Justice Nariman, Justice Shantangoudar held that in case of suicide of wife, the acquittal of the husband under Section 498A (Cruelty) will bar the use of Section 113A (Presumption of abetment to commit suicide) by the prosecution. The Court also held that harassment is something of a lesser degree than cruelty, and mere finding of harassment will not lead to a conclusion of abetment of suicide.


A division Bench of which Justice Shantanagoudar was part also upheld an observation of the Calcutta High Court and held that 25 percent of the husband’s net salary would be just and proper to be awarded as maintenance to the wife.


Taking a stand against the long-standing delays in the Judiciary, Justice Shantanagoudar along with Justice Mishra directed High Courts to dispose of review petitions as expeditiously as possible.