Supreme Court judge Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar died at the age of 62 in a private hospital in Gurgaon. His last rites will be performed in the Rajaji Nagar residence in Bengaluru.
Justice Shantanagoudar was admitted to the Medanta Hospital. His condition was critical and was in ICU. In the late Saturday evening, his condition was confirmed stable. But it deteriorated later. He was suffering from a lung infection.
“It is, with profound grief, circulated for information that Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar, Judge, Supreme Court of India left for heavenly abode in the late evening of yesterday. The cremation will take place today i.e. 25th April 2021 in Bengaluru, Karnataka,” said the statement issued by the apex court on Sunday.
Assistant Registrar Gagan Soni has asked all the secretaries to inform about the demise of Justice Shantanagoudar.
Different High Courts have decided to remain closed on April 26 in view of the sad demise of Justice Shantanagoudar. Registrar General of Allahabad High Court issues a statement,
“In view of the sad demise of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mohan Mallikarjunagouda Shantanagoudar, Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the Administrative Committee has unanimously resolved for non-sitting of Courts in the High Court at Allahabad and Lucknow on 26th April 2021.
Accordingly, there shall be no sitting of courts in the High Court at Allahabad and Lucknow on 26th of April 2021.”
Punjab and Haryana High Court have also announced that all the Subordinate Courts of Punjab, Haryana, and UT, Chandigarh will remain closed on April 26.
“It is hereby notified for general information that the High Court and all the Subordinate Courts of Punjab, Haryana, and UT, Chandigarh shall remain closed on 26.4.2021 (Monday) on account of the sad demise of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar, Judge of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India as a mark of respect to the late Hon’ble Judge,” said the issued statement.
Himachal Pradesh High Court and its subordinate courts will also remain closed on April 26, 2021.
“It is hereby notified that the High Court of Himachal Pradesh and all the Subordinate Courts shall remain closed on 26th April, 2021(Monday) on account of the sad demise of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar, Judge of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India as a mark of respect to the late Hon’ble Judge,” Registrar General issued the statement.
Rajasthan High Court has also announced to remain closed. Registrar General issued a statement, “The Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur with its Bench at Jaipur and all Subordinate Courts shall remain closed on Monday, the 26th April, 2021 on account of sad demise of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar, Supreme Court of India.”
However, Madhya Pradesh High Court has decided to hold a full Court of reference today at 10.30 am.
Justice Shantanagoudar was born in Karnataka on May, 5, 1958. He enrolled himself as an advocate on September 5, 1980. He was appointed as an additional judge of the Karnataka High Court on May 12, 2003 and was elevated as a permanent judge in September 2004.
He was transferred to the Kerala High Court and assumed the charge as Chief Justice on August 1, 2016.
He was elevated to the Chief Justice of the Kerala HC on September 22, 2016. He was designated as the Supreme Court judge in February 2017 and his tenure was till May 5, 2023. He practiced mainly in civil, criminal, and constitutional matters.