Surya Kant

Surya Kant

Sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of India

Assumed Office24th May, 2019

Retired On9th Feb, 2027

Previously

Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High CourtOctober 5th 2018

Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High CourtJanuary 9th 2004

Age: 59

Tracked Cases: 6

Education

L.L.BMaharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak

Profile

Notable Judgments

Kant J authored the unanimous judgment on behalf of Mishra J and himself in Jitendra Singh v Ministry of Environment and Ors He noted that ponds were public utilities meant for common use. He held that schemes which extinguish local water bodies, even with alternatives, violate Article 21 of the Constitution.

 

Central Bureau of Investigation v Sakru Mahagu Binjewar and Ors involved a conviction for Murder, Criminal Conspiracy, Rioting and intimidation and insult under Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Kant J authored the opinion of the three judge Bench on the proportionality of a 25-year prison sentence. He held that Section 57 of the IPC does not in any way limit the punishment of imprisonment for life to a term of 20 years. Therefore, he upheld the commutation of a death penalty to 25-years ‘actual imprisonment’.