Justice Pamidighantam Sri Narasimha was born on May 3rd, 1963, in Hyderabad. He graduated with triple majors in Economics, Political Science, and Public Administration from Nizam College, Hyderabad. In 1988, he pursued law at the Campus Law Centre, Delhi University.
Career as an Advocate:
Justice Narasimha began his legal practice at the High Court, Civil Courts, and Tribunals in Hyderabad. Later, he shifted his practice to the Supreme Court. Throughout his career, he appeared in several Constitution Bench cases of the SC. Notably, he served as the commission counsel for the Justice Chinnappa Reddy Commission and was a member of the Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee.
In 2008, he was designated as a Senior Advocate by the SC. As a Senior Advocate, he appeared in several cases such as the Ayodhya Title Dispute case and argued that belief was a fact that could be proven. He maintained that Hindus had continuously believed that the site in question was Lord Ram’s birthplace even before the construction of the Babri Masjid. He also served as the amicus curiae for the Forest Bench and various cases concerning Judicial Appointments, Fast Track courts, and Tribal laws.
He was appointed the Additional Solicitor General of India in 2014. During this tenure, he assisted the Court as a Law Officer in cases such as the NJAC case. He also represented India before international tribunals such as the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, Germany, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague for Investment Treaty Arbitration. Additionally, he presented a paper on extradition and the environment during the Indian Supreme Court Delegation’s visit to the Canadian Supreme Court.
He was a part of the Governing Body of the National Legal Services Authority of India (NALSA) and was closely associated with the Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC) of the SC. He was involved in the development of laws related to Mediation and arbitration and served as a Mediator in the BCCI case. He also participated in committees focused on restructuring Appellate Tribunals, reviewing Corporate Social Responsibility laws, and served as a member of the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA).
Career as a Judge
On 31st August 2021, Justice Narasimha was elevated as a Judge of the SC directly from the Bar. The seniority rule applies, he will become the Chief Justice of India in October 2027. Since his elevation to the SC, he has been a part of 161 Benches and has authored 27 judgements.