Sam Piroj Bharucha
30th Chief Justice of India
In office
11 January 2001 – 6 May 2002
Appointed byK. R. Narayanan
Preceded byAdarsh Sein Anand
Succeeded byBhupinder Nath Kirpal
Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court[1]
Personal details
Born (1936-11-01) 1 November 1936 (age 87)
Gangtok, Sikkim, British India
The President of India, K. R. Narayanan administering the oath of office of the Chief Justice of India to Sam Piroj Bharucha at the Ashok Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan

Sam Piroj Bharucha (November 1, 1936) is the former Chief Justice of India, serving from November 2001 until his retirement in 2002.[2]

He began his legal career as an advocate of the Bombay High Court in 1960, and was appointed an Additional Judge in 1977. His judgeship was made permanent in 1978, and in 1991 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court. In 1992, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of India, and became Chief Justice in 2001.[3]

Bharucha is responsible for many significant legal decisions. He was part of the five judge constitutional panel which unanimously ruled on the 2001 dismissal of J. Jayalalithaa as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. It was the first and only such dismissal of a chief minister in India's history.[4]


  1. ^ "Former Chief Justices & Judges". Jammu and Kashmir High Court. Archived from the original on 3 March 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  2. ^ "National Events in November 2001". The Hindu. 1 November 2001. Archived from the original on 14 April 2002. Retrieved 25 February 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "Honourable Mr. Justice Sam Piroj Bharucha". Bombay High Court. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  4. ^ VENKATESAN, V. (27 October 2001). "A new Chief Justice". Frontline. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
Preceded byAdarsh Sein Anand Chief Justice of India 2 November 2001– 6 May 2002 Succeeded byBhupinder Nath Kirpal