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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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After Retirement

After Retirement

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(p.370) XIV After Retirement
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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/9780198070610.003.0032

This chapter describes the life of the judges after retirement. After being forced to leave the bench at sixty-five, less than half a dozen spent the evenings of their lives completely retired. For the remainder, retirement was often just a brief pause in their careers. Their average age at death was close to eighty and some remained active literally until the end. A judge’s pension was unattractive, so many of them had to find other activities for income. For nearly three-quarters of them, the most common activity was serving as chairman of one or more of the ubiquitous national or state commissions, tribunals, and committees. India is a land of commissions. Commissions are a highly institutionalized tradition, a deeply ingrained feature of the political culture. At any one time dozens are functioning, providing many job opportunities for retired SCI and high court judges.

Keywords:   Supreme Court of India, judge’s pension, state commissions, India, political culture, high court judges

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