Bhupinder Nath Kirpal

Bhupinder Nath Kirpal (B. N. Kirpal) (born 8 November 1937) was the 31st Chief Justice of India, serving from 6 May 2002 until his retirement on 7 November 2002.

Bhupinder Nath Kirpal
31st Chief Justice of India
In office
6 May 2002 – 8 November 2002
Appointed byK. R. Narayanan
Preceded bySam Piroj Bharucha
Succeeded byGopal Ballav Pattanaik
Chief Justice in Gujarat High Court
In office
Personal details
Born (1937-11-08) 8 November 1937 (age 82)

He is an alumni of The Modern School, New Delhi and St Stephens College, Delhi University. A top cricketer, he represented both his school and college.

He began his legal career as an advocate in 1962, and was appointed as a Judge of Delhi High Court in November 1979. In December 1993, he was appointed as Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court.

In September 1995, he was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of India, and became Chief Justice of India in May 2002.

Even after retirement as the Chief Justice he remained the president of the Indian Forest Commission.

He is a moderate, born in Lahore, but shifted to Delhi after partition. He is married to Aruna Kirpal (nee Sachdev) and has three children. He suffered from a brain stroke in early 2007.[citation needed]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Sam Piroj Bharucha
Chief Justice of India
6 May 2002 – 7 November 2002
Succeeded by
Gopal Ballav Pattanaik