R.K. Agrawal

R.K. Agrawal

Retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India

Assumed Office17th Feb, 2014

Retired On4th May, 2018


Chief Justice of the Madras High Court2013-2014

Judge of the Allahabad High Court1999-2013


Age: 68

Tracked Cases: 0


L.L.B. Allahabad University


Notable Judgments

As the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, in 2013, despite political and social unrest over India’s participation in the Commonwealth heads of Governments Meeting, Justice Agrawal ruled that sympathy and sentiment could not be grounds to pass judicial orders in the Madras High Court. He held that the High Court did not have the expertise to touch upon foreign policy of the Centre. A bench headed by Justice Agrawal also delivered the historic interim order permitting a transgender to write the state’s competitive examination under women’s category. The bench ensured that the hall ticket was handed over to her at the court hall itself. He constituted the Gender Sensitisation and Internal Complaints Committee, making the Madras High Court the first high court in the country to do so.


Justice Agrawal was a part of the Division Bench of the Supreme Court which reiterated the principle that all assets in a Hindu Undivided Family would be presumed to be joint property belonging to all its members.


Justice Agrawal was a part of the nine-Judge Bench that was constituted in the case of Justice KS Puttaswamy v Union of India, where the Bench unanimously declared the right to privacy as a fundamental right enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.