Lavu Nageswara Rao

  “Right to reservation is not a fundamental right. That’s the law today,{Supreme Court's ruling on a battery of petitions claiming violation of fundamental rights by not reserving medical seats for OBC students in Tamil Nadu.}


Lavu Nageswara Rao, currently a Judge of Supreme Court of India, is the 7th person elevated directly from the bar to the Supreme Court and was sworn in on May 13, 2016.  He was a Senior advocate and a former Additional Solicitor General of India

Notable Judgements

  1. Abhiram Singh v. C.D. Commachen

The Hon’ble Supreme Court ban on seeking votes over religion, race or caste in the case of Abhiram Singh v. C.D. Commachen held that “religion, race, caste, community or language would not be allowed to play any role in the electoral process.” Justice Rao was part of the majority opinion that ruled that “the Constitution forbids state from mixing religion with politics.” In the ratio of 5:3.

  1.  Narendra v. K.Meena

Justice Rao, along with Justice Dave also ruled in the case of Narendra v. K.Meena that a persistent effort of the wife to constraint her husband to be separated from the family constitutes an act of ‘cruelty’ to grant a divorce.

Justice Rao was part of a 7- Judge Bench of the Supreme Court that held that re-promulgation of ordinances is unconstitutional. The Bench gave the verdict in this case while examining the validity of the Bihar ordinance which was re-promulgated seven times since 1989 by the state government to confer certain benefits on Sanskrit teachers. It was later allowed to expire. Though it was talking about a state ordinance, this judgment will be binding on ordinances promulgated by the president as well.


Lavu Nageswara Rao is the 52nd in chief and Currently a judge of supreme court along with being a  member of Supreme Court collegium. He served as a member of SC bench for 12 years and was a Karnataka High Court judge.

Justice Nageswara Rao studied the law in Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.. He practiced in the Andhra Pradesh District courts (1982-1984), Andhra Pradesh High Court (1985-1994) and the Supreme Court (1995-2016). In 2000, he was designated as a Senior Advocate by the Andhra Pradesh High Court. He served two terms as Additional Solicitor General of India (2003-2004 and 2013-2014).

Justice Rao defended J. Jayalalitha in the Disproportionate Assets case before the Karnataka High Court. He also appeared for the state of Tamil Nadu and Christian Medical College in the NEET case before the Supreme Court. He served on the three-member Supreme Court-appointed Mudgal Committee to conduct an independent inquiry into allegations of corruption and unfair means in the Indian Premier League cricket matches.