Justice V. Balakrishna Eradi
JUDGE, SUPREME COURT OF INDIA (RETD),
FORMER PRESIDENT, NATIONAL CONSUMER DISPUTES REDRESSAL COMMISSION,
PRESENTLY CHAIRMAN RAVI AND BEAS WATERS TRIBUNAL.
Born at Calicut in the State of Kerala on 19.6.1922. Had early school education at the Zamorin’s High School, Calicut. Graduated from the Madras Christian College, Madras in 1941 with Distinction and First Rank in Sanskrit. Studies Law in the Madras Law College and took B.L. Degree in 1943 securing a First Class and obtaining First Rank in Madras Presidency. Enrolled as Advocate in Madras High Court as Junior to Shri K. Kuttikrishna Menon, who was then Government Pleader of Madras and later Advocate General in the Composite Madras State. Soon picked up an independent lucrative practice on both the Original Side and Appellate Side of the Madras High Court. Was appointed by the Madras Government as Counsel for Madras Court of Wards and as Junior Counsel to conduct several Government cases. Shifted practice to Ernakulam on the reorganisation of States in November, 1956 when the new High Court of Kerala was established. Was appointed Senior Government Pleader in the High Court of Kerala in January, 1961 and conducted several important Government cases in addition to having an extensive private practice. Was elevated as Judge of the Kerala High Court on 5th April, 1967. Was appointed as Single Member Commission of Enquiry by the government of Kerala in January, 1976 to enquire into serious charges of misconduct against the then Minister of Finance and Forests of the Kerala Government. Was Chairman of the High Court Committee appointed by the Government of Kerala for suggesting ways and means of raising the standard of legal education in the State. Was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Kerala with effect from 19th January, 1980. Was elevated to the Bench of the Supreme Court of India in January, 1981. While functioning as Judge of the Supreme Court, was appointed by Government of India as Chairman of the Ravi and Beas Waters Tribunal for adjudication of the dispute regarding sharing of the Punjab River waters between States of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
Retired from the Bench of the Supreme Court on attaining the age of superannuation on 19th June, 1987 but continued to hold office as Chairman of the Ravi and Beas Waters Tribunal. Was appointed as President of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission on 17th August, 1988. Was concurrently appointed by the President of India as Single Member Enquiry Commission for conducting a Fact Finding Enquiry into certain untoward incidents which took place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 21st November, 1990 on the occasion of the swearing in ceremony of the members of the Ministry headed by Shri Chandrasekhar. After conducting a detailed enquiry, the Commission submitted its report to the Hon’ble President in 1991. Retired from the post of President of the National Consumer Disputes Commission (NCDRC) on 19th June, 1997 on the expiry of the term of appointment. Presently, continuing to hold the post of Chairman, Ravi & Beas Waters Tribunal.
Has been actively connected with important spiritual, cultural and social service organisations. Has been President of International Centre for Kathakali, Delhi continuously since 1982 and is also President of ‘Swaralaya’, a well known music society of India. Has been a Member of the Council of Management of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust ever since the trust was constituted in 1972 and has been actively involved in the educational and others service activities of the Trust. Is a Trustee of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences Hospital at Puttaparthy. Is also a Trustee of the Delhi Bhagwati Saptah Trust.
Was recipient of the National Press of India Golden Jubilee Award, 1992. Was recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award, 1992 and the Shiromani Award, 1993. Was conferred the National Citizenship Award - 1995 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 23rd December, 1996.
Was appointed on 6th December 1999 as Chairman of the High Level Committee to examine the existing laws relating to winding up proceedings of companies in order to re-model it in line with the latest developments and innovations in the corporate law and to suggest reforms in the procedure at various stages followed in the insolvency of companies to avoid unnecessary delays in tune with the international practice in this field.
Was also appointed as Chairman of the Core Group constituted by the Department of Company Affairs for formulating a suitable legislative framework of law relating to Insolvency of Companies in the light of the Report of the High Level Committee.