Former Supreme Court Judge Justice N Venkatachala passes away

Bar & Bench October 30 2019
Justice Venkatachala

Former judge of the Supreme Court, Justice N Venkatachala has passed away. He was 89 years old.

Born in July 1930 to an agriculturalist family, Justice Nanje Gowda Venkatachala went on to obtain his law degree from the Mysore University. He enrolled as an advocate in the then High Court of Mysore (now Karnataka) in November 1955. Following his enrolment, he practiced at Bangalore in civil, criminal and constitutional matters. He was also a part-time Reader in Mercantile Law from 1958 to 1970.

He also served as a Legal Adviser to the University of Agricultural Sciences, Hebbal from 1963 to 1973 and to the Bangalore University from 1970 to 1973.

He worked as a Government Pleader from 1968 to 1973 and as a High Court Government Advocate between 1973 to 1977 before being appointed an Additional Judge of the Karnataka High Court in November, 1977.

He was appointed a Permanent Judge in September, 1978. In 1990, he was part of a tribunal under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

In May 1992, he was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court. In July 1992, he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court. He retired from the post in July 1995. Following his retirement, Justice Venkatachala also served as Lokayukta for State of Karnataka.

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