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Justice Madan Bhimrao Lokur (born 31 December 1953) was a veteran Indian jurist, a former judge of the Supreme Court of India.[1]

Madan Bhimrao Lokur
Judge of Supreme Court of India
In office
4 June 2012 – 30 December 2018
Nominated byS. H. Kapadia
Appointed byPratibha Patil
Chief Justice of Telangana High Court
In office
15 November 2011 – 3 June 2012
Nominated byS. H. Kapadia
Appointed byPratibha Patil
Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court
In office
24 June 2010 – 14 November 2011
Nominated byS. H. Kapadia
Appointed byPratibha Patil
Personal details
Born (1953-12-31) 31 December 1953 (age 65)
Alma materUniversity of Delhi
WebsiteOfficial website



Lokur was educated at the Modern School, New Delhi. He later attended St. Joseph's College, Allahabad for his ISC examinations. For his university studies, Lokur graduated in history from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University with Honours. He obtained his law degree from Faculty of Law, Delhi University.[2]

At the BarEdit

Lokur was enrolled at the Bar in 1977 and practised in the Supreme Court of India and at the Delhi High Court. He qualified the Advocate-on-Record (AoR) examination and was enrolled as an AoR of the Supreme Court in 1981.

He also served as the Editor of Indian Law Review (Delhi Series) from February 1983.


Lokur was elevated to the Bench on 19 February 1999. He joined Delhi High Court as an Additional Judge. He was appointed as a Permanent Judge of that High Court on 5 July 1999.

He also functioned as the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court from 13 February 2010 to 21 May 2010 before being transferred as the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court from 24 June 2010 to 14 November 2011 and High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad from 15 November 2011 to 3 June 2012.

He was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court on 4 June 2012.[1] He retired as senior most judge of Supreme Court on 30th December 2018.

Juvenile Justice CommitteeEdit

Justice Lokur is known for his keen interest in Juvenile Justice. He was chairperson of Juvenile Justice Committee of Delhi High Court. Presently he is one man Juvenile Justice Committee of Supreme Court of India.

Notable judgements and decisionsEdit

Minority sub-quotaEdit

In May 2012, Andhra Pradesh High Court Divisional Bench consisting of Chief Justice Madan Lokur and Justice PV Sanjay Kumar struck down Govt of India's decision to allocate 4.5% sub-quota (within the 27% Other Backward Classes quota) for minorities. The bench held that the sub-quota was based on religion and not on any other intelligible consideration.[3][4] The court criticised the decision by saying, "In fact, we must express our anguish at the rather casual manner in which the entire issue has been taken up by the central government."[5]

Illegal mining scamEdit

As the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court, Justice Lokur suspended Special CBI Judge T Pattabhirama Rao and ordered his prosecution in a Mining scam case relating to the Reddy brothers. The complaint against the judge was that he granted bail to G. Janardhana Reddy after receiving a bribe.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Hon'ble Mr. Justice Madan B. Lokur". Supreme Court of India. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013.
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  3. ^ "Andhra Pradesh High Court rejects Centre's 4.5% minority sub-quota". Economic Times. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Andhra HC strikes down minorities sub-quota". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  5. ^ "HC Quashes Centre's 4.5% Sub-Quota for Minorities". 28 May 2012. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Justice Lokur elevated to Supreme Court". Zee news. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2013.