K. Jayachandra Reddy

K. Jayachandra Reddy

Hon. Mr. Justice K. Jayachandra Reddy (born 15 July 1929) is a retired justice of the Supreme Court of India.


K. Jayachandra Reddy was born on 15 July, 1920 in Cuddapah District, Andhra Pradesh.He received a high school education at Theosophical High School at Madanapalli and Board High School at Rayachoti.

Reddy attended Government College at Anantapur, and Besant Theosophical College at Madanapalli. He earned a B.L. degree at Madras Law College in 1951.

Reddy enrolled as an Advocate of Madras High Court on 4 August, 1952 where he practiced mainly in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. Joined the office of Sri P. Basireddy, who later retired as Acting Chief Justice of A.P. High Court.

Reddy moved to Hyderabad on 1 November, 1956 after formation of Andhra Pradesh. He was then Appointed as Additional Public Prosecutor of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in the year 1965 and as Principal Public Prosecutor of the High Court in 1970.

Reddy was elevated to the Bench of the A.P. High Court on 7 March, 1975 where he was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh for a period of two years. He was Chairman of the A.P. State Legal Aid Board; Chairman of the Rules Committee of the High Court and Chairman of the Advisory Board. He was then appointed as permanent Judge of A.P. High Court with effect from 30 June, 1976.

Justice Reddy was elevated to the Supreme Court Bench on 11 January, 1990. He retired on 15 July, 1994 but was sworn in again as "Ad hoc" Judge for one more year.He was chairman of the National Law Commission from July 1995 to August 1997.

Justice Reddy was appointed by the United Nations as Member of the Expert Group, to review the effective operation and functioning of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, 1999. The Expert Group, apart from Mr. Justice Reddy, consisted of the Supreme Court Judge of Argentina, Supreme Court Judge of Gambia, President of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal and former Under-secretary General of the U.N. The Report submitted is under the active consideration of the U.N. General Assembly.

While in the Supreme Court, Reddy was given the National Law Day Award in 1996 by the Indian Council of Jurists, the Chairman of which was Justice P. N. Bhagwati and the Award was presented by the then Prime Minister. In 1994, he was given Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for his excellent services rendered in the legal field. It was presented by the Speaker of the Parliament.

Justice Reddy was Chairman of Press Council of India from 8 August, 2001 to 7 February, 2005.


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