Justice BV Nagarathna Biography 2024: Age, Life, First Woman Chief Justice Of India, Husband, Daughter, Family

Justice BV Nagarathna Biography 2024 Bangalore Venkataramiah Nagarathna born on 30 October 1962, currently serves as a judge in the Supreme Court of India. Previously, she held the position of a judge in the Karnataka High Court from 2008 to 2021. Her father, E. S. Venkataramiah, served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India in 1989. In 2009, she garnered public attention when she was forcibly detained by a group of protesting lawyers within the premises of the Karnataka High Court. Nagarathna has issued numerous significant judgments on commercial and constitutional law matters in Karnataka. She is anticipated to potentially become the first female Chief Justice of India in 2027.

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Born30 October 1962 (age 61)
Pandavapura, Mysore State, India
SpouseB. N. Gopala Krishna

Engalaguppe Seetharamiah Venkataramiah (father)

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Alma materBharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Mehta Vidyalaya New Delhi, Jesus and Mary College (BA), Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

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Who is BV Nagarathna?

Mrs. Justice B.V. Nagarathna, who is also recognized as B. Venkataramiah Nagarathna, holds the position of a judge in the Karnataka High Court. The daughter of the former Supreme Court Chief Justice E.S. Venkataramiah, B.V. Nagarathna came into the spotlight in 2009 when she was involuntarily held within the premises of the Karnataka High Court by a group of protesting lawyers. She has issued numerous important rulings on commercial and constitutional law matters in Karnataka.

Early life & Education

Nagarathna’s father, E.S. Venkataramiah, served as the 19th Chief Justice of India. She attended Sophia High School and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Bangalore and New Delhi, respectively, for her schooling. In 1984, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history from Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi. Subsequently, she obtained a law degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Delhi.


In 1987, B.V. Nagarathna joined the Bar Council of Karnataka and specialized in constitutional and commercial law in Bangalore. She became an additional judge at the Karnataka High Court in 2008 and was later promoted to a permanent judge on 17 February 2010. Consideration for her appointment to the Supreme Court of India was reported in May 2020, sparking discussions about the possibility of her becoming the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India. She officially became a Supreme Court judge on 26 August 2021, with her swearing-in ceremony held on 31 August 2021. It is anticipated that she will assume the role of the first female Chief Justice of India in 2027.

Designation(s)• Judge of Karnataka High Court
18 February 2008 – 30 August 2021: She was nominated by former CJI K. G. Balakrishnan and appointed by Pratibha Patil.• Judge of Supreme Court of India
Assumed office on 31 August 2021: She was nominated by N. V. Ramana and appointed by Ram Nath Kovind.
Notable Judgement(s)• 2012: Ordered the federal government to examine the possibility of regulating broadcast media in India

• 2016: Sri Jagadev Biradar vs State of Karnataka

• 2017: The Tabocco Institute of India vs Union of India

• 2018: Sri Mookambika Temple vs Mr. Raviraja Shetty

• 2020: Upheld the government policy directing both public and private colleges in Karnataka to opt for a standard admission method

• 2021: Overruled the circular issued by the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL), stating under no circumstances would the second wife or her children be eligible for appointment on compassionate grounds if the marriage has taken place during the subsistence of the first marriage

• 2022: Differed with the majority order by the Supreme Court of India in which the apex court upheld the centre’s decision, taken on 8 November 2016, to demonetise Rs 500, and Rs 1000 notes


Full nameBangalore Venkataramiah Nagarathna
ProfessionJudge of Supreme Court of India

Physical Stats

Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper

Personal Life

Date of Birth30 October 1962 (Tuesday)
Age (as of 2022)60 Years
Zodiac signScorpio
School• Sophia High School, Bengaluru (Till 10th standard)
• Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Mehta Vidyalaya, New Delhi
HometownEngalaguppe Chatra, Pandavapura in Mandya district, Karnataka 
College/University• Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi
• Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Educational Qualification• B.A. (Hons.) in History from Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi
• L.L.B. from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
ControversyIn 2009, B. V. Nagarathna caught the public eye when she, along with Karnataka high court chief justice PD Dinakaran and a senior judge, was unlawfully detained by agitating advocates. Apparently, the advocates noticed that despite the call to boycott all proceedings in the courts across the state, some judges were attending hearings. The Advocates Association of Bangalore had called for the boycott to protest against PD Dinakaran, who continued to attend hearings despite being accused of accumulating huge assets, corruption, and serious irregularities while disposing of cases. According to the letter written by the high court registrar-general to the police commissioner, Nagarathna was manhandled, and Dinakaran had a sharp object thrown at him, causing an injury. Following the incident, Nagarathna made a public statement, saying,
“We cannot be cowed down like this. We have taken the oath of Constitution”


Marital StatusMarried


Husband/SpouseB.N. Gopala Krishna
ParentsFather– E.S. Venkataramiah (19th Chief Justice of India)
Mother– Padma Venkataramiah
ChildrenDaughters– Nayantara BG (Advocate) and Prerna BG

Justice BV Nagarathna Age

Born on 30th October 1962, Justice BV Nagarathna is 58 years old.

Justice BV Nagarathna Husband

My husband BN Gopalakrishna, has always given prominence to my work and taken much of the domestic responsibilities on his shoulder. My daughters Nayanthara and Prerana, understood very early that they have a working mother.

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