Abhay Manohar Sapre


14th Aug 2014 - 27th Aug 2019

Justice Sapre was born on August 28, 1954, and he enrolled as advocate in 1978. During his tenure as an advocate, he practised on Civil, Constitutional and Labour sides in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur.

About twenty years later, Justice Sapre was appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh in 1999 and subsequently as Permanent Judge on October 24, 2001. He was then transferred to Rajasthan High Court and assumed charge at Principal Seat Jodhpur on February 11, 2010.

In 2012, Justice Sapre was transferred to Chhattisgarh High Court and assumed charge on April 23. In 2013, he was transferred to the High Court of Manipur as Chief Justice and assumed the charge as the First Chief Justice of High Court of Manipur.

He was then transferred as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court, Guwahati, and was then elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court, where he assumed charge on August 13, 2014.

Notable Judgements:

A Division Bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justice Sapre and Justice Agrawalrecently reiterated the principle that all assets in a Hindu Undivided Family would be presumed to be joint property belonging to all its members and that the burden to prove otherwise is on the family member asserting such claim.

Justice Sapre was also part of the 9-Judge Bench that was constituted in the case of Justice KS Puttaswamy v. Union of India, where the Bench unanimously declared the right to privacy as a fundamental right enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.

Justice Sapre was named as the Chairman of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) in February 2017. The Tribunal was constituted by the Centre in 1990 to adjudicate the water dispute regarding the Cauvery river that flows through Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.


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