On the late Saturday evening of 24th April 2021, our country saw the demise of a great man, Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar. He provided his services with excellence to the Supreme Court for almost four years.
He was born on May 5, 1958, in Karnataka and got himself enrolled as an advocate on September 5, 1980 and was appointed as an additional judge of the Karnataka High Court on May 12, 2003, and became a permanent judge in the court in September 2004.
He was then transferred to the Kerala High Court, where he assumed charge as the acting chief justice on August 1, 2016 before becoming the chief justice of the Kerala High Court on September 22, 2016.
He was elevated to the Supreme Court in February 2017 and formed a part of a bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra which held that in a child custody matter, the remedy of writ of habeas corpus cannot be used for mere enforcement of the directions given by the foreign court against a person.
Justice Shantanagoudar was also part of a significant judgement passed last year which held that an accused has the right to ‘default bail’ even if the investigation is not completed on time and the prosecutor cannot defeat his indefeasible right by subsequently filing a charge sheet or additional complaint.
He was a part of several other notable verdicts, including a popular dissent in a land acquisition matter. The Supreme Court expressed its “profound grief” over the passing away of the Judge. The Apex Court addressed the news with the narration of Justice Shantanagoudar’s achievements and life chronicle.