Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala, popularly known as JB Pardiwala, is a judge of the Supreme Court of India. On 9 May 2022, he was sworn in as the sixth Supreme Court judge of the Parsi community. He is the fourth generation legal professional in his family; His father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all lawyers.
Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala was born on Thursday, 12 August 1965.age 57 years; by 2022) in Mumbai. His zodiac sign is Leo. Growing up in Valsad city of South Gujarat, Pardiwala did his schooling from St. Joseph’s High School. While in school, Pardiwala took a keen interest in sports and was a part of his school’s tennis team. After completing his schooling, Jamshed did his graduation from Jaypee Arts College, Valsad. Thereafter, he enrolled himself in Shah Khimchandbhai Mooljibhai Law College, Valsad to pursue a degree in law. On 18 November 1988, Jamshed received its Sanad (a charter that requires lawyers to practice law), and later, began its practice at the Valsad District Court. He studied in Gujarati medium throughout the college and later acquired proficiency in the English language.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
Family and Caste/Ethnicity
Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala belongs to a Parsi family.
parents and siblings
Jamshed’s father, Burjor Kawasji Pardiwala, was an Indian lawyer who joined the Bar Council in 1955. Kawasji practiced law for a long time in Valsad and Navsari districts. He was the Speaker of the 7th Gujarat Legislative Assembly from December 1989 to March 1990. As of 2022, his mother lives in Valsad, Gujarat.
Jamshed’s grandfather Kawasji Navrojji Pardiwala joined the Bar Council in Valsad in 1929 and practiced there until 1958. His great-grandfather, Navrojji Bhikhaji Pardiwala was also a lawyer. Bhikhaji started practicing in the Valsad district court in 1894.
Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala started his career as an advocate in January 1989 by practicing in Valsad District Court. He has practiced in all branches of law. He practiced law in the Valsad district court for about a year and then transferred to the Gujarat High Court in September 1990. He was elected as a member of the Bar Council of Gujarat in 1994. He served there until 2000. Thereafter, he worked as a member of the Gujarat High Court Legal Services Authority. Pardiwala was appointed as Standing Counsel for the Gujarat High Court and its subordinate courts in 2002 and continued to serve in this position until his promotion to the Bench in 2013. Justice Pardiwala was elevated as an additional judge of the Gujarat High Court on 17 February 2011. , and was confirmed as a permanent judge of the Gujarat High Court on 28 January 2013. Meanwhile, he worked as an honorary co-editor of the Gujarat Law Herald, a publication of the Bar Council of Gujarat. He was also nominated as a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Bar Council of India. On 5 May 2022, a 5-member Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana comprising Justices UU Lalit, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao elevated Justices Sudhanshu Dhulia and Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala as Supreme Court judges. recommended to do. , On 7 May 2022, Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala and Sudhanshu Dhulia were appointed as judges of the Supreme Court, taking the total working strength to 34.
Jamshed Burjor Pardiwala and Sudhanshu Dhulia took oath as Supreme Court judges in the presence of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana. The swearing-in ceremony took place in the auditorium of the building complex in addition to the court.
announcement of major decisions
Controversial statement against ‘reservation’
In 2015, Pardiwala’s remarks on ‘reservations’ invited the wrath of several Rajya Sabha MPs. Reportedly, 58 Rajya Sabha members filed a petition to Mohd Hamid Ansari, the then Vice President of India and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, asking Justice Pardiwala for his unconstitutional remarks on ‘reservations’ during the hearing of a case involving Hardik Patel, Patidar. to initiate impeachment proceedings against him. leader. During the hearing, Pardiwala described ‘corruption’ as the biggest threat to the country and termed ‘reservation’ as an amoeba monster. He said,
The biggest threat to the country today is corruption. Instead of shedding blood and indulging in violence for reservation, the countrymen should rise up and fight against corruption at every level. Reservation has played the role of amoeba monster sowing seeds of discord among the people. The importance of merit cannot be underestimated in any society.”
Jamshed deleted his remarks after the petition. He later removed his comment via a ‘Speaking to Minutes’ order.
Guided the Gujarat government during the Kovid-19 crisis
In May 2020, Pardiwala headed a Division Bench, which heard a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition against the Gujarat government for its improper handling of the Covid-19 crisis. In its judgment comparing the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital to a “dungeon”, the bench disagreed with the state government’s statement that all was well. His injection forced the Gujarat government to submit a report on the action taken to help migrant laborers and patients. Pardiwala was later removed from the bench.
Facts / Trivia
- His favorite pastime includes playing tennis.
- Clearly, Justice Pardiwala is in line to become the Chief Justice of India in May 2028. If he is appointed as the Chief Justice, Pardiwala’s tenure will be two years and three months.
- During an interview, a source close to Jamshed described him as a “judge of the public” who is “soft-spoken, gentle and honest”.
- As of 2022, he has been a part of about 1,012 reportable decisions on various subjects.