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Manepalli Venkatachaliah
25th Chief Justice of India
In office
12 February 1993 – 24 October 1994
Appointed byShankar Dayal Sharma
Preceded byL.M. Sharma
Succeeded byA.M. Ahmadi
2nd Chairman National Human Rights Commission
In office
26 November 1996 – 24 October 1999
Personal details
Born (1929-10-25) 25 October 1929 (age 94)
SpouseParvathi Venkatachaliah

Manepalli Narayanarao Venkatachaliah (born 25 October 1929) was the 25th Chief Justice of India. He served as Chief Justice from 1993 to 1994. He currently serves as the Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed University) and on the Advisory Board of Foundation for Restoration of National Values, a society established in 2008 that strives to restore National and Cultural Values of India.[1]

He earned Bachelor of Science from University of Mysore and Bachelor Bachelor of Laws from the Bangalore university. He started practicing law in 1951. He was appointed Permanent Judge of the High Court of Karnataka on 6 November 1975. He was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 5 October 1987. Finally, he became the 25th Chief Justice of India on 12 February 1993 and subsequently retired on 24 October 1994.[1][2]

Post retirement, he has continued to work on anti-corruption and human rights issues, including support for the launch of the Initiatives of Change Centre for Governance in 2003.[3]

He served as the Chairman of National Human Rights Commission from 1996-1998[citation needed] and in 2000 he headed National Commission to review the working of the Constitution.[4][5]

He is currently[when?] serving as the chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam.[6] h



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  4. ^ Judicial reforms cannot ignore public perceptions – The New Indian Express
  5. ^ An exercise to watch
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  7. ^ Honorary doctorate for Nirupama Rao – The Hindu
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ ‘Give a boost to R&D, science’ - The Hindu
  10. ^ RCU organise first convocation on Feb 16 | Karnataka News |
  11. ^ RCU organise first convocation on Feb 16 – Chennaionline News Archived 16 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
Legal offices Preceded byLalit Mohan Sharma Chief Justice of India 12 February 1993–24 October 1994 Succeeded byAziz Mushabber Ahmadi

Shri M.N. Venkatachaliah is a part of the selection jury in Mahaveer awards presented by Bhagwan Mahaveer Awards [1]

  1. ^ "25th Mahaveer awards announced". The Hindu. 28 April 2022.