Ananga Kumar Patnaik

Ananga Kumar Patnaik

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  • Name:
  • Ananga Kumar Patnaik
  • Born:
  • June 3, 1949
  • Profession / Known For:
  • Judge

Ananga Kumar Patnaik Biography

Ananga Kumar Patnaik is an Indian jurist and a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. He served as the Judge, Supreme Court of India in office during 17 November 2009 – 2 June 2014. Formerly he served as the Chief Justice, Chhattisgarh High Court during 14 March 2005 – 2 February 2008 and Chief Justice, Madhya Pradesh High Court Jabalpur during 2005 – 2009. He studied from University of Delhi. He was a member of the "In-House Committee" to probe into the allegations made against Justice Soumitra Sen. In 2018 under his supervision Supreme Court of India ordered a Central Vigilance Commissioner inquiry against CBI Director Alok Verma, and the whole series of incidents received a lot of media attention.


Ananga Kumar Patnaik was born on 3 June 1949. His father was a businessman. He completed Bachelor of Laws degree from Madhusudan Law College in Cuttack. As a selected member of Rotary Foundation in Group Study Exchange Programme in 1976, he went to New Jersey for study of institutions of America and its people. He enrolled with the State Bar Council of Orissa in the year 1974, and initially practiced in the High Court of Orissa. He specialized in commercial law and constitutional law.


He became an Additional Judge of the High Court of Orissa in 1994 and was transferred to the Gauhati High Court as an Additional Judge the following month. In 2002 he was transferred to the High Court of Orissa. He became Chief Justice of the High Court of Chhattisgarh on 14 March 2005. On 17 November 2009, he was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of India. He served in this position till his retirement in 2 June 2014. Patnaik was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Law by the Utkal University in 2012.


Published: January 12, 2020

Updated: January 12, 2020

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