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L. Nageswara Rao

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Justice L. Nageswara Rao is a serving judge of the Supreme Court of India. He is the 7th person elevated directly from the bar to the Supreme Court and was sworn in on May 13, 2016.[1] He was a Senior advocate and a former Additional Solicitor General of India.

Lavu Nageswara Rao
Judge of the Supreme Court of India
Assumed office
13 May 2016
Nominated by Collegium of the Supreme Court of India CJI T.S Thakur
Appointed by Pranab Mukherjee
In office
13 May 2016 – Designated as a Senior Advocate by the Andhra Pradesh High Court in December, 2000. Served as Additional Solicitor General of India from August 2003 to May, 2004 and again from 26.08.2013 to 18.12.2014.
Preceded by Bar
Succeeded by Justice Vikramajit Sen
Personal details
Born (1957-06-08) 8 June 1957 (age 61)
Pedanandipadu, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh


Early lifeEdit


He practiced before Andra Pradesh High Court before shifting his practice to the Supreme Court of India. He was designated as a Senior Advocate in 2000.[3] He was one of the most highly paid lawyers in the country.[4]

He appeared in Karnataka High Court for J. Jayalalita in the Disproportionate assets case and was successful in reversing the trail court Judgement and getting her acquitted.[5] One of the last cases he argued before the Supreme Court of India was NEET case in which he appeared for State of Tamil Nadu and Christian Medical College.[6]

Law OfficerEdit

He served as an Additional Solicitor General of India thrice. Firstly under NDA government from August 8, 2003[7] till his resignation in 2004. UPA Government appointed him as A.S.G. in August,2013 and he resigned in May,2014.[8] His third stint as A.S.G. was from June 7 to December 15, 2014 under the present Government.

Commission of InquiryEdit

He was also a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Mudgal Committee headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal and comprising senior advocate and former cricket umpire Nilay Dutta as the other member. The committee is tasked with conducting an independent inquiry into allegations of corruption, betting and spot-fixing in Indian Premier League matches.[9][10]