A. R. Lakshmanan
Judge Supreme Court of India
In office
20 December 2002 – 22 March 2007
Chairman, 18th Law Commission of India
In office
Personal details
Born(1942-03-22)22 March 1942
Died26 August 2020 (aged 78)
Cause of deathCardiac arrest
Resting placeDevakottai, Sivagangai District, Tamilnadu.

Arunachalam R. Lakshmanan (22 March 1942 – 27 August 2020) was a judge of the Supreme Court of India.[1][2]

He studied in Chennai. Before his elevation to the Supreme Court in 2002, he served as a judge on the Madras High Court and Kerala High Court. He was also appointed as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court in 2000 and Andhra Pradesh High Court in 2001. He retired in 2007.[3]

He hailed from the Nagarathar community and his native is Devakottai, Tamil Nadu. He served as chairman of the Law Commission of India during 2006–2009. Lakshmanan was representing Tamil Nadu in the Mullai Periyar Panel appointed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India. The panel is headed by Justice A.S. Anand.

He died on August 27, 2020, in Devakottai, Sivaganga Dt, Tamil Nadu.


  1. ^ "Suppressing women will affect progress: judge". The Hindu. 29 November 2003. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2008.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ Venkatesan, J. (10 August 2004). "Debts Recovery Tribunal gets ISO-9001 certification". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Hon'ble Dr. Justice AR. Lakshmanan". Supreme Court of India. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2008.