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Judges of the Supreme Court of India1950 - 1989$
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George H. Gadbois, Jr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198070610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070610.001.0001

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Economic Status

Economic Status

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(p.348) III Economic Status
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Judges of the Supreme Court of India
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George H. Gadbois, Jr

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070610.003.0021

This chapter examines the economic status of judges, while noting that the determinations were made from discussions with the judges about their family backgrounds and from unobtrusive indicators. They were grouped into wealthy, upper middle, and lower middle classes. The difference in relative wealth between the first and second generation judges was not significant, but the sources of that wealth was, with the fathers of the first generation judges more likely to be from the more modern professional classes. None of those from the OBCs and Scheduled Castes rose from family backgrounds which could be considered economically underprivileged. About half a dozen judges were described by the CJI who recommended them as men of ‘impeccable breeding’, as the offspring of ‘prominent’ and usually wealthy families.

Keywords:   economic status, relative wealth, Scheduled Castes, wealthy families

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