Born on 13 th February, 1951. Completed his initial education from Ranchi Zila School in the year 1967. Obtained bachelor degree in Science from Ranchi University, pursued his Degree in Law and obtained degree with 1 st Class Distinction (Gold Medalist) in the year 1974, a rare phenomenon in those days.
Started practice in the year 1975 in Civil Court and specialized in civil side. By virtue of his skills and unique talent, was named Standing Counsel for almost all the banks, insurance companies and financial institutions.
Shifted his practice to Ranchi Bench of Patna High Court in the year 1988. Was appointed as a Government Pleader in the year 1990, and was later appointed as Government Advocate in Ranchi Bench of Patna High Court in the year 1993.
His profound knowledge of law and unfaltering courage led to his elevation to the Bench and he became Judge of Patna High Court on 9th May, 1996 and on 15th November, 2000 he became a Judge of the Jharkand High Court.
In 2003, was nominated by the Hon'ble Chief Justice of India as one of the members of Ravi and Beas Water Tribunal (Water Dispute between Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan). Also held the post of Chairman, Jharkhand Human Rights Commission and Executive Chairman of Jharkhand State Legal Services Authority. Was also Judge-in-charge of Judicial Academy, Jharkhand. Also appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court.
His methodical, incisive and focus mind reflects on the judgments he has delivered on different aspects of law, namely, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Labour Laws, Motor Vehicles Act, Personal Laws, Service Laws, etc. Also has to his credit the holding of innumerable Lok Adalats.
Was elevated as Chief Justice of the Chartered High Court of Judicature at Madras on 11-6-2010 and was at the helm of affairs of Judiciary in the State of Tamil Nadu till 21-12-2012.
Elevated to the highest court of the country and became a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 24-12-2012.