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Sam Piroj Bharucha
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30th Chief Justice of India
In office
11 January 2001 – 6 May 2002
Appointed by K. R. Narayanan
Preceded by Adarsh Sein Anand
Succeeded by Bhupinder Nath Kirpal
Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court
Personal details
Born (1936-11-01) 1 November 1936 (age 86)
Gangtok, Sikkim, British India

Sam Piroj Bharucha (November 1, 1936) was the 30th Chief Justice of India, serving from November 2001 until his retirement in 2002.

He began his legal career as an advocate of the Bombay High Court in 1960, and was appointed an Additional Judge in 1977. His judgeship was made permanent in 1978, and in 1991 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court. In 1992, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of India, and became Chief Justice in 2001.

Bharucha is responsible for many significant legal decisions. He was part of the five judge constitutional panel which unanimously ruled on the 2001 dismissal of J. Jayalalithaa as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. It was the first and only such dismissal of a chief minister in India's history.

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