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  May 2016
  April 2016

Born on 03.06.1949, son of late Shri Gopal Chandra Patnaik, a leading businessman with great repute in Orissa. Had his schooling at Rajkumar College, Raipur. Awarded prize for the "Best All Round Conduct and Leadership" in School. Took higher education from Delhi University with Honours in Political Science and obtained Law Degree from Madhusudan Law College, Cuttack. Was selected by the Rotary Foundation in Group Study Exchange Programme in 1976 and went to New Jersey, U.S.A. for study of institutions of America and its people. Enrolled with the State Bar Council of Orissa on 28.03.1974. Practiced in the High Court, Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in Orissa and also appeared many a times before the Supreme Court of India. Practiced in different branches of law with specialization in Commercial Law and Constitutional Law. Was the Standing Counsel for the Orissa State Road Transport Corporation from 02.05.1989 to 01.09.1990 and has been the Senior Standing Counsel for the Commercial Taxes Organization, Government of Orissa from 22.09.1990 to 12.01.1994. Elevated as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Orissa on 13.01.1994 and on transfer assumed charge as Additional Judge of the Guwahati High Court on 07.02.1994. Became a Permanent Judge of the Guwahati High Court in 1995. After rendering valuable services for eight years as a Judge in the Guwahati High Court, assumed charge as a Judge of Orissa High Court on 15.04.2002. Was the senior most Puisne Judge of the Orissa High Court and was the Executive Chairman of the Orissa State Legal Services Authority. Also the Chairman of Orissa Judicial Academy. Appointed as Chief Justice of the High Court of Chhattisgarh on 14.03.2005. Assumed charge as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on 02.10.2005. Appointed as Judge, Supreme Court of India on 17.11.2009. Due to retire on 03.06.2014.

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