Mehr Chand Mahajan

Justice

Mehr Chand Mahajan

Name - Mehr Chand Mahajan

Born - December 23, 1889

Died- 1967

Alma mater- Hon. Degree of LL.D., Punjab University; 1948

Designation- Director, Punjab National Bank, 1933–43
                      Pres. D.A.V. College, Managing Committee, 1938–43
                     Fellow and Syndic, Punjab University, 1940–47
                    Judge, Lahore High Court, 1943
                     All India Fruit Products Association Bombay Session, 1945
                     Member, R.I.N. Mutiny Commission, 1946
                     1947 Prime Minister, Jammu and Kashmir State 1947-48
                    Judge, East Punjab High Court
                    Punjab Boundary Commission, 1947
                    Syndic, East Punjab University, 1947–50
                    Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India,
                    January 4, 1954 -  December  22nd,  1954

The Hon"ble Mr. Mehr  Chand Mahajan was the third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India. Prior to that he was the Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir during the reign of Maharaja Hari Singh and played a key role in the accession of J&K to India. He was the Indian National Congress nominee on the Radcliff Commission that defined the boundaries of India and Pakistan.
 

Mahajan started his career as a lawyer in 1913 in  Dharmshala, where he spent a year practicing. He spent the next four years (1914-1918) as a lawyer in Gurdaspur. He then practiced law in Lahore from 1918 to 1943. During his time there, he served as president of the High Court Bar Association of Lahore (1938 to 1943) He made his name as an accomplished lawyer, a respected judge, and an influential politician. As a judge he was incisive and forthright and had many leading judgments to his credit.

Mahajan was Prime Minister of J&K during 1947 and played a role in the accession of the state to India. He was the one who turned down the offer of district Lahore and instead annexed district Gurdaspur to India
 He was the head of India"s judicial system for almost a year, until his retirement on December 22, 1954 (mandatory retirement at age 65). Before becoming Chief Justice he served as one of the first Judges of the Supreme Court of independent India from October 4, 1948 to January 3, 1954.
Retired on 22.12.1954.
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