Madan Mohan Punchhi
28th Chief Justice of India
In office
18 January 1998 – 9 October 1998
Appointed byK. R. Narayanan
Preceded byJ. S. Verma
Succeeded byAdarsh Sein Anand
Personal details
Born(1933-10-10)10 October 1933
Pakpattan, Punjab
Died17 June 2015(2015-06-17) (aged 81)
Alma materFaculty of Law, University of Delhi
The President of India, Shri K R Narayanan at the Swearing-in-Ceremony of the Chief Justice of India, Shri Madan Mohan Punchhi at the Ashok Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Jan 18, 1998

Madan Mohan Punchhi (10 October 1933 – 17 June 2015) was the 28th Chief Justice of India from 18 January 1998 until his retirement on 9 October 1998.

Early life and education

His father, Nand Lal Punchhi was a lawyer. He graduated from the DAV College and Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.


He began his legal career in his father's chambers in 1955, and was appointed as a Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court in October 1979.

In October 1989, he was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of India, and became Chief Justice of India in January 1998.

Post retirement, he was appointed by the Government of India as the Chairman of the Centre State relations commission, subsequently known as the Punchhi commission, which dealt with matters pertaining to the Centre-State relations in India.

He was a resident of Chandigarh.

Personal life

He was married to Meera Punchhi, and had two sons and two daughters.

Legal offices Preceded byJagdish Sharan Verma Chief Justice of India 18 January 1998– 9 October 1998 Succeeded byAdarsh Sein Anand