The men behind the verdict
Justice D.V. Sharma
Justice Dharam Veer Sharma (62), who has been a judge and a bureaucrat, is known for his austere style of living. He is a bachelor and a devotee of Lord Hanuman. Justice Sharma prefers to cook his own food, says a fellow member of the legal profession. A native of Bulandsahar, he graduated in 1967 and completed his law course in 1970. He was promoted to the higher judicial services in 1985. He became district and sessions judge in 2002 before being elevated to the High Court on October 20, 2005. He has been principal secretary, parliamentary affairs, and principal secretary, law, in the UP government.
On the question of deferring the Ayodhya title suit verdict, he had been a dissenter.
He is retiring on October 1.
Justice S.U. Khan
A man known for his love for books, Justice S.U. Khan (58) graduated in science from Aligarh Muslim University in 1971. A native of Etah in western UP, he earned a degree in law in 1975 from the same university. He had been a lawyer for 27 years, and was elevated as permanent High Court judge in 2002. As a lawyer, he specialised in revenue and service matters, and is known to have settled 2,000 cases through negotiation.
While hearing Ramesh Chandra Tripathi’s plea for deferring the case, Justice Khan, who presides over the Bench, had said in the court, “My priority has always been to settle cases amicably. But where were you all this while?” Known for his wit and simple way of dressing, he enjoys a good relationship with the Bar Association.
Justice S. Agarwal
Like Justice Khan, Justice Sudhir Agarwal (52) too was a student of science. He graduated from Agra University in 1977 and he completed his law course from Meerut University in 1980. Justice Agarwal got enrolled as an advocate in 1980. With a career spanning three decades, he was designated senior advocate in 2004. He was elevated to the post of permanent High Court judge in 2007. Known for being articulate and erudite, he raised the highest number of questions among the three judges during the hearing in the case. He is an expert in tax and service matters and has been standing counsel to several state undertakings and Allahabad University. He likes to spend time with friends at the Bar and the Bench.
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