Justice D.Y. Chandrachud – Life, education, career, landmark judgments.

Justice Y. Chandrachud is currently a sitting judge of Supreme Court of India, he was appointed as a Judge of Supreme Court on 13th May, 2016.

Chndrachud was born 11th November, 1959. His fater Y. V Chandrachud was the longest serving Chief Justice of India (22th February to 11th July, 1985) and his mother Prava was a classical musician.


  • Justice Chandrachud was graduated from St. stephen’s college, New Delhi in 1979 in Economics and Mathematics.
  • He obtained his LLB degree from Delhi University in 1982 and LLM from Harvard University.  He also did Doctorate of Judicial degree (SJD) from Harvard University in 1986.


  • After passing from Harvard University Justice Chandrachud worked at Sullivan and Cromwell, a law firm, In June 1988, he was designated as a senior advocate by Bombay high Court. From 1988, he was Additional Solicitor General of India until his appointment as a Judge.
  • In, 29th March, 2000 he became Judge of Bombay High Court, and was a Judge of Bombay High Court until his appointment as Chief Justice at Allahabad High Court. During that time he was also Director of Maharashtra Judicial Academy.
  • He was Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court from 31st October to 13th May, 2016.
  • On 13th May, 2016 he was appointed as a Judge of Supreme Court of India.
  • Justice Chandrachud is a visiting professor of Comparative Constitutional law at University of Mumbai and Oklahoma University School of Law, USA. He has delivered lectures on Australian National University, Harvard Law School, Yale law School, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Contribution in Landmark Judgments:

He has contributed on various landmark judgments:

  • Judgment by a nine Judge Constitutional Bench which declared Right to privacy is a fundamental right.
  • ADM Jabalpur vs Shivakant Sukla case (Habeas Corpus case of emergency period)
  • Judgment by five-judge bench, which decriminalized section 377 of IPC (case of LGBT community).
  • Five-Judge Bench, which struck down section 57 of Adhaar Act, 2016.
  • Five-Judge bench which struck down 158 years old Adultery law under section 497 of IPC.

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