Retd. Judge, Supreme Court of India
Justice B.N. Srikrishna is currently doing arbitral and consultative legal practice since retirement from the Supreme Court in May 2006. He started his career as an advocate at the Bombay High Court in 1962 and specialised in the field of Labour and Industrial Law. He was counsel for a large number of employers both in the public and private sector and has appeared in a number of cases in the High Courts and the Supreme Court.
He was a member of several professional Associations, while at the Bar. On being appointed as an Additional Judge of Bombay High Court in 1990, he resigned from offices of organisations he was associated with. He was made a permanent Judge in 1991. His name is synonymous with the commission enquiry he headed, to look into the riots that shook Mumbai in December, 1992/January, 1993. The report submitted in February 1998 has generated wide debate, in India and abroad.
He has been invited by the University of California, Berkeley, Bar Ilan, Israel and Oxford to deliver lectures on Socio-legal subjects. He was appointed as Chief Justice of the High Court of Kerala in 2001. He was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of India in 2002, which office he demitted in 2006.He was also the Chairman of the Sixth Central Pay Commission.
He was appointed the Chairperson of the Citizens’ Committee for monitoring Security Issues in Mumbai by the Mumbai High Court. He was appointed by the Government of India as Chairperson of the Committee for Consultations on the situation in Andhra Pradesh to consider
the demand for bifurcation of the State of Andhra Pradesh. He was also the Chairperson of the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission appointed by the Government of India ,which gave its report in 2013.
Justice Srikrishna also has deep interest in philosophy, culture, music and education, which has made him a much-respected figure in all the music sabhas, religious organisations, cultural and education institutions. He speaks at least seven languages fluently.