17th Feb 2017 - 4th Jan 2023
Justice Nazeer was born in 1958. He completed his B.Com degree at Mahaveera College, Moodbidri and later obtained law degree from SDM Law College, Mangaluru.
Justice Nazeer enrolled as an Advocate in 1983 and practised in the High Court of Karnataka. After twenty years of litigation, he was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Karnataka High Court in 2003 and subsequently, as Permanent Judge in 2004.
Justice Nazeer was then elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 17th February, 2017. He is the third judge elevated directly to Supreme Court before becoming the chief justice of a high court.
Justice Nazeer was the lone Muslim judge on a multi-faith bench that heard the controversial Triple Talaq case in 2017. Though Justice Nazeer and Justice Khehar upheld the practice of validity of Triple Talaq (Talaq-e-Biddat) based on evidence provided from Sharia Law, it was barred by the bench by 3:2 majority and asked the Central government to bring legislation in six months to govern marriage and divorce in the Muslim community. The court said till the government formulates a law regarding triple talaq, there would be an injunction on husbands pronouncing triple talaq on their wives.
Justice Nazeer was also part of the Bench that unanimously declared the right to privacy as a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution.