P. V. Rajamannar
Advocate General of the Madras Presidency
In office
Preceded byAlladi Krishnaswamy Iyer
Succeeded byK. Rajah Iyer
Chief Justice of Madras High Court
In office
Preceded bySir Frederick Gentle
Succeeded byS. Ramachandra Iyer
Chairman of The Fourth Finance Commission of India
In office
Personal details
Born1 May 1901

Pakala Venkataramana Rao Rajamannar (1901–1979) was an Indian judge and politician who served as the acting Governor of Madras State from 1957 to 1958.[1] P.V. Rajamannar was the first Indian to become Chief Justice of Madras High Court after independence from 1948 to 1961.[2] He was also the first Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi in New Delhi.

Early life

P. V. Rajamannar was born to Dewan Bahadur P. Venkataramana Rao, an eminent lawyer who was a Madras High Court Judge and later Chief Justice of Mysore High Court. He completed his schooling at Pachaiyappa's High School, Madras and did his graduation in the Presidency College, securing First Class in English and Philosophy in B.A in 1921. In B.L he won the Jurisprudence prize in 1923.[3]

Career in law

In 1924, Rajamannar started his law practice joining his father's chambers. In 1944 P.V. Rajamannar was appointed Advocate-General in succession to Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Aiyar. His appointment also made Rajamannar one of the youngest Advocate-Generals at 43 years of age. He also appeared as the Public Prosecutor in one of the most sensational murder cases in South India, Lakshmikanthan murder case involving two popular actors and a journalist with criminal history.

Chief Justice

Later in 1945, P. V. Rajamannar was appointed Judge of Madras High Court and in 1948 Rajamannar became the first Indian to be elevated as Chief Justice of Madras High Court.[4] He retired in 1961 and continued his active services for government by heading various committees.

Other services

Finance Commission

During the years 1966-1969 P. V. Rajamannar was also the Chairman of The Fourth Finance Commission of India.[5]

In addition Rajamannar was also the chairman for the Fourth Law Commission and the Banking Laws Committee.[6]

Educational Boards

P.V. Rajamannar was also the Chairman of Board of Studies of Law and Chaired the Board of Studies in Telugu at Sri Venkateswara University and Theater Art Faculty at Andhra University. He was also the Member of Syndicate of Madras University.[6]

State Autonomy Committee

In 1969, P.V. Rajamannar was appointed the Chairman of a 3-member committee P.V. Rajamannar committee to study the State Autonomy and Centre-State relations by the then newly elected DMK government under its Chief Minister Dr. M. Karunanidhi.

Arts and literature

In addition to his career in Law and administration P. V. Rajamannar was active in Arts and was the first appointed chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi in New Delhi. During his college years and later he edited a Telugu literary journal called Kala and winning the Ramarayaninger Prize for a Telugu work Representative Government in Ancient India.[7] In 1964, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship the highest honour conferred by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama.[8]

Honours and legacy

P. V. Rajamannar was conferred Honorary Doctorates from Madras University, Andhra University and Annamalai University. Justice P V Rajamannar Salai (Road) in K. K. Nagar, Chennai is named in his honour. He was also nominated twice to Upper House in Madras and on two occasions acted as governor.

Works and publications


  1. ^ Indian states since 1947, (Worldstatesmen, 16 September 2008)
  2. ^ The Honourable Chief Justices Archived 12 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine (Madras High Court, 17 September 2008)
  3. ^ Famous Judges and Lawyers of Madras. Sumithra Balakrishnan. 2012. p. 250.
  4. ^ Famous Judges and Lawyers of Madras. Sumithra Balakrishnan. 2012. p. 251.
  5. ^ "Minute by P.V.Rajamannar" (PDF). fincomindia.nic.in. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b Rao, P.Rajeswar (1991). The Great Indian Patriots, Volume 2 By P. Rajeswar Rao. Mittal Publications. p. 41. ISBN 978-81-7099-288-2.
  7. ^ Famous Judges and Lawyers of Madras. Sumithra Balakrishnan. 2012. p. 253.
  8. ^ "SNA: List of Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna Puraskarwinners (Akademi Fellows)". Official website. Archived from the original on 6 December 2014.