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Lalit Mohan Sharma
24th Chief Justice of India
In office
Appointed byPresident Shankar Dayal Sharma
Preceded byM.H. Kania
Succeeded byM.N. Venkatachaliah
Justice of the Supreme Court of India
In office
Judge of Patna High Court
In office
Personal details
Born(1928-02-12)12 February 1928
Gaya (Bihar)
Died3 November 2008(2008-11-03) (aged 80)

Lalit Mohan Sharma (12 February 1928 – 3 November 2008) was the 24th Chief Justice of India. He was the son of L.N. Sinha, former Attorney General of India. He served as Chief Justice of India from 18 November 1992 until 11 February 1993.

Legal career

Passed B.A. Hons. (Patna University ) in 1946. Passed B.L. (Patna University) in 1948. Enrolled as articled clerk in High Court, Patna in 1949. Started practice in High Court, Patna as an Advocate – 6 Feb. 1950. Enrolled as Supreme Court Advocate – 6 March 1957. Later nominated as Senior Advocate. Took charge (oath) as Judge, Patna High Court on 12 April 1973.[1]

He joined the Supreme Court of India on 5 October 1987 and appointed as Chief Justice of India on 18 November 1992.

He retired from the judicial service on 11 Feb. 1993.

Family and early life

Lalit Mohan Sharma was born on 12 February 1928 in the village of Musi (Belaganj, Gaya, Bihar) in a zameendar family. His father, Lal Narayan Sinha, was the Attorney General of India during the Prime Minister-ship of Indira Gandhi and Solicitor General of India from 17 July 1972 until 5 April 1977. His son, Justice Parthasarthy currently serves as a Judge in the Patna High Court.


Sharma died on 3 November 2008 in Patna at his residence following a long illness. He was 80 years old. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.[2]


  2. ^ "Lalit Mohan Sharma passes away". The Hindu. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
Legal offices Preceded byMadhukar Hiralal Kania Chief Justice of India 18 November 1992 – 11 February 1993 Succeeded byManepalli Narayana Rao Venkatachaliah