Mandagadde Rama Jois
19th Governor of Bihar
In office
12 June 2003 – 31 October 2004
Chief MinisterRabri Devi
Preceded byV. C. Pande
Succeeded byVed Marwah (Acting)
2nd Governor of Jharkhand
In office
15 July 2002 – 11 June 2003
Chief MinisterBabulal Marandi
Arjun Munda
Preceded byV. C. Pande
(Additional Charge)
Succeeded byVed Marwah
Chief Justice of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana
In office
3 May 1992 – 31 August 1992
Preceded byBipin Chandra Verma
Succeeded byS. S. Sodhi
Personal details
Born27 July 1931
Araga, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
Died16 February 2021(2021-02-16) (aged 89)
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
ChildrenOne son
One daughter
Alma materGovernment Law College, Bengaluru
University of Mysore

Justice Mandagadde Rama Jois (27 July 1931 – 16 February 2021) was an Indian politician and judge who served as a member of Rajya Sabha, as governor of Jharkhand and Bihar states, and as Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He was also a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India.[1][2]

Early life and education

Rama Jois was Brahmin born to Narasimha Jois and Lakshmidevamma on 27 July 1931 at Araga village, Shivamogga, Karnataka, India.[2] He studied in Shivamogga and Bengaluru and acquired B.A., B.L.degrees and Kuvempu University has conferred him with Doctor of Laws honorary degree.[2][3]


He is a noted writer and historian having written several books on Service Law, Habeas Corpus Law, Constitutional Law, etc. His most known two-volume book "Legal and Constitutional History of India", considered as a previous volume,[3] is a textbook for Law Degree course. His other well known book is "Seeds of Modern Public Law in Ancient Indian Jurisprudence". His other works include "Historic Legal Battle", " Dharma - The Global Ethic" etc. His views on Dharma and Manu Smriti are of immense value, as they have been simplified for the understanding of the common man.

Other Books published


Positions held

Political affiliation

During The Emergency (India) 1975-77, imposed by Indira Gandhi, he was imprisoned and lodged in the Bengaluru Central Jail. He was lodged along with A B Vajapayee, L K Advani, Madhu Dandavate etc. in Bengaluru prison. He is recognised with Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka.


He relinquished the post of Judge of the Karnataka High Court, protesting injustice, as he was overlooked to be posted as a Supreme Court Judge.[citation needed]

Family life

He was married to Smt. Vimala, has two children and three grandchildren. He resided in Bengaluru, India. His son M. R. Shailendra and daughter M. R. Tara are both advocates in the city of Bengaluru, India.[2]


Rama Jois died from a heart attack on 16 February 2021 at 7:30 AM in his residence at Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, India.

His last rites were held at Hindu burial-ground in Chamarajpet, Bengaluru, India.


  1. ^ a b Press trust of India (19 June 2008). "S M Krishna among four elected unopposed to RS". The Hindu(newspaper). Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f, "Detailed profile Shri M.Rama Jois". New Delhi: National Information Centre. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b c TNN (28 March 2004). "Karnataka Varsity fetes Jois". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013.
  4. ^ A, Jayaram (8 July 2002). "A belated reward for Jois from BJP". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 October 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  5. ^ Times News Network (29 October 2004). "Bihar Governor Rama Jois quits". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013.
  6. ^ Times News Network (26 November 2010). "CM will face heat of in-house probe too". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2012.