Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Sinha

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Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Sinha of Shahabad (now Bhojpur), Bihar (1 February 1899 – 12 November 1986) was the 6th Chief Justice of India (1 October 1959 – 31 January 1964). He also served as the president of the Bharat Scouts and Guides from April 1965 to February 1967. Mr. Sinha was born and brought up in a prominent upper cast hindu family of Kayastha viz Kshatriya family of Village Gajiyapur, Sinha Arrah (present Bhojpur) District. His grandson B. P. Singh is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India.

Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Sinha
6th Chief Justice of India
In office
1 October 1959 – 31 January 1964
Appointed byRajendra Prasad
Preceded bySudhi Ranjan Das
Succeeded byP. B. Gajendragadkar
Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
Preceded byPrakash Chandra Tatia
D. N. Patel (acting)
Personal details
Born1 February 1899
Died12 November 1986

Sinha was awarded B.A. (Hons) M.A., B.L. and served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India from 1 October 1959 to 31 January 1964. He was educated at the Arrah Zilla School, Patna College and Patna Law College; topped the list of successful candidates at the B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. Examinations of the Patna University in 1919 and 1921 respectively. He was Srimati Radhika Sinha Gold Medalist for standing first in History.

A deeply religious man, following his retirement, Sinha led a quiet life mostly devoted to spiritual pursuits, though he did accept a number of private arbitration cases. Becoming blind in his later years, he died in 1986.[1]

Positions heldEdit

  • Vakil, Patna High Court, 1922–27
  • Advocate, 1927–35
  • Lecturer, Government Law College, Patna, 1926–35
  • Member, Senate of the Faculty of Law and of the Board of Examiners in Law, Patna University
  • Member, Court of the Benaras Hindu University
  • Government Pleader 1935–39
  • Assistant Government Advocate, 1940–42
  • Judge, Patna High Court, 1943–51
  • Chief Justice, Nagpur High Court 1951–54
  • Judge, Supreme Court, December 1954 – 30 September 1959
  • Chief Justice of India, October 1959 - January 1964, Retired on 31 January 1964.

Published worksEdit

  • Reminiscences and Reflections of a Chief Justice ISBN 81-7018-253-0, 1985, 1st ed.


  1. ^ Gardbois Jr., George H. (2011). Judges of the Supreme Court of India 1950-1989. Oxford University Press. pp. 20–30. ISBN 978-0-19-807061-0.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sudhi Ranjan Das
Chief Justice of India
30 September 1959 – 31 January 1964
Succeeded by
P. B. Gajendragadkar
Preceded by
Ammu Swaminathan
Presidents of the Bharat Scouts and Guides
Succeeded by
Sir Chandulal M. Trivedi