Ashok Bhushan


13th May 2016 - 4th Jul 2021

Justice Ashok Bhushan was born on 5th July, 1956 in Jaunpur (district), Uttar Pradesh. He graduated in Arts in 1975, and subsequently obtained a Law Degree from the Allahabad University in the year 1979.

Justice Bhushan enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh in 1979 and thereafter, started practice on the Civil and Original side at Allahabad High Court till the elevation to the Bench. He worked as Standing Counsel of Allahabad University and the State Mineral Development Corporation Limited, along with several Municipal Boards, Banks & Education Institutions.

He was elected as Senior Vice-President of the Allahabad High Court Bar Association and in 2001, was elevated as permanent Judge of the Allahabad High Court. Justice Bhushan also served as Chairman of the Higher Judicial Service Committee and headed several other committees.

He was sworn in as Judge of the High Court of Kerala on 10.07.2014, and took charge as Acting Chief Justice on 01.08.2014. He was subsequently sworn in as Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court on 26.03.2015.

Justice Bhushan was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India in 2016.

Notable Judgements

A division bench of Kerala High Court comprising of Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice A.M. Shafique in JijuLukose vs State of Kerala held that the police authorities are obliged to provide the copy of the FIR on an RTI application, unless an appropriate authority decides it is exempted under the RTI Act.
In the Supreme Court, Justice Bhushan and Justice Gogoidismissed a petition praying for physically handicapped OBCs’ to be provided 10 attempts to write the Civil Services Examination, rather than the 7 attempts already provided for special categories. Justice Bhushan stated, “Physically Handicapped Category is a Category in itself, a person who is physically handicapped be it Physically Handicapped of a General Category or OBC Category, suffering from similar disability has to be treated alike in extending the relaxation and concessions. Both being provided 7 attempts to clear the Civil Services Examination, no discrimination or arbitrariness can be found in the above scenario.”

In the case of BinoyViswam v. Union of India, dealing with the mandatory linking of the Aadhar Card to the PAN Card, Justice Bhushan had passed an order stating that the Aadhar Act itself makes enrolment voluntary.He held that there was no provision in the Act that makes enrolment compulsory, and thus should not be made so by the Government.


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