Amitava Roy


27th Feb 2015 - 1st Mar 2018

Justice Amitava Roy was born on 1st March 1953 in Kolkata, West Bengal. He is the son of Late Anadi Bhushan Roy who was a Senior Advocate at Dibrugarh in the State of Assam. After completing post- graduation in Physics from the Dibrugarh University, he obtained his LL.B. degree from the same University in 1976.

Justice Amitava Roy was enrolled with the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on 20th February 1976. He practiced in the district courts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia from 1976 to 1981. In 1981 he shifted his practice before the Gauhati High Court. He was the Senior Government Advocate of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh in the Gauhati High Court from 1991 to 1996. He was a member of Assam Law Commission till his elevation. He was designated Senior Advocate by the High Court on 3rd June 1999.

He was elevated as a Judge of the Gauhati High Court on 4th February 2002 and was appointed as Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court on 2nd January 2013. He was then transferred to High Court of Orissa on 6th August 2014. He took oath as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 27th February 2015.

Notable Judgements

Shyam Narayan Chouksey v. Union of India AIR 2003 MP 233 (National Anthem case) : A two judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, which comprised of Justice Roy and Justice Dipak Mishra, made it compulsory for cinema halls across India to play the National Anthem of India before the screening of any film and directed that the audience need to stand while the National Anthem is being played.

State Of Karnataka v. Selvi J. Jayalalitha & Ors : Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy set aside the Karnataka high court’s acquittal of AIADMK leader Sasikala and convicted her of corruption.

Yakub Abdul Razak Memon v. State Of Maharashtra: A Bench comprising of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice P.C. Pant met in an unprecedented 90-minute hearing that started at 3.20 AM and rejected Memon’s mercy plea, observing that a stay on the death warrant could be a travesty of justice.


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