Obit: Justice S. Ranganathan, retired Supreme Court judge

Former Supreme Court judge, S. Ranganathan passed away at his Mylapore home on January 20. He was 94.

He became a Supreme Court judge in 1987 and his service here ended in 1992.

He studied at P. S. School and later, at Presidency College and at Madras Law College.

He joined the Bar in 1952, practiced and then joined the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal in 1964, and later became its president in Calcutta: his rulings in this post are still recalled with respect for their clarity and depth.

He was elevated as judge of Delhi High Court in 1977, where again his record is still recalled with much respect.

After retiring from the Supreme Court, he was member of Law Commission of India and later, chairman of the Authority of Advance Rulings.

In retirement, Ranganathan pursued his interest in Sanskrit.

In a tribute that retired judge of the Delhi High Court, justice R V Easwar penned, he said – The qualities Justice Ranganathan exhibited as a judge were a model for judges and members of quasi-judicial tribunals. His orders were elaborate, but not unnecessarily so; not a word or a thought was wasted, and he wrote what was only that which was apposite or pertinent to the dispute. The structuring of the judgments was so meticulously built, brick-by-brick, with one concept seamlessly merging into the other and logically flowing from the other. It was a pleasure to read them.

Justice Ranganathan is bereaved by his wife and two daughters.

The family’s contact – 24994484.

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