Chokkalingam Nagappan

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Hon'ble Mr. Justice

C Nagappan
Judge of the Supreme Court of India
In office
19 September 2013 – 3 October 2016
Appointed byPranab Mukherjee
Personal details
Born (1951-10-04) 4 October 1951 (age 67)
Karur, Tamil Nadu

Chokkalingam Nagappan (born 4 October 1951) is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India serving from September 2013 till his retirement in October 2016.[1]


Nagappan hails from Karur in Tamil Nadu and had his initial schooling there. He did his Pre-University Course in St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli and completed his B.Sc. Degree in Chemistry at Madura College, Madurai. He studied Law at Madras Law College and secured Third Rank in the Final University Examination in April, 1974. He did his M.L. Course in Criminal Law and secured First Rank in 1977.


He practiced as Junior Advocate under K. Parasaran, Former Attorney General of India. He was a Part-Time Professor in Madras Law College for 7 years. He was directly recruited as District and Sessions Judge in 1987 and worked as District and Sessions Judge at Cuddalore, Salem and Coimbatore. Thereafter, he worked as the Special Officer, Vigilance Cell, Madras High Court. He was elevated as a Judge of The Madras High Court on 27.9.2000 and appointed as a permanent Judge on 20.09.2002. He was then further elevated as the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court and sworn in on 27.02 2013. He was appointed as a Judge of The Supreme Court of India and sworn in on 19.09.2013.

Nagappan who held a relatively short tenure retired as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 03.10.2016.

Notable Judgements[edit]


A three judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court, comprising Nagappan, Jasti Chelameswar, and Sharad Arvind Bobde ratified an earlier order of the Supreme Court and clarified that no Indian citizen without an Aadhaar card can be deprived of basic services and government subsidies.[2]


  1. ^ "Orissa HC judge elevated to Supreme Court". Zee News. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Don't insist on Aadhar, warns SC". The Hindu. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2016.

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