Born on 19th December, 1937. Enrolled Advocate on 28th February, 1962. Practised in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional and company cases in Orissa High Court. Appeared in some cases in Supreme Court. Appointed Standing Counsel for State Government from 1st March, 1971, Additional Government Advocate from 19th July, 1974 and worked as Government Advocate for more than four years.
He served as the Judge of Orissa High Court from 1.6.1983 - 18.5.1995 and Elevated as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court on 19.5.1995. He became Judge of Supreme Court of India on 11.9.1995 and Chief Justice of India from 8.11.2002.