Ruma Pal

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Ruma Pal
Judge of the Supreme Court of India [2]
In office
28 January 2000 – 2 June 2006
Appointed byDr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, President of India
Judge of the Calcutta High Court
In office
Personal details
Born (1941-06-03) 3 June 1941 (age 78)
Kolkata, West Bengal
Alma materSt Anne's College, Oxford

Justice Ruma Pal (born 3 June 1941) was a judge of the Supreme Court of India until her retirement on 3 June 2006.

Early life[edit]

She read for her B.C.L degree at St Anne's College, Oxford and started practice in 1968 in Civil, Revenue, Labour and Constitutional matters in the Calcutta High Court. Her husband Samaraditya Pal is well knowned barristers of Kolkata.


After a long and distinguished career as an advocate, she was appointed Judge in the Calcutta High Court on 6 August 1990. She was further nominated to Supreme Court of India on 28 January 2000, the day of the Golden Jubilee of the court. Justice Pal has delivered many critical judgements in famous cases. She has written on a number of human rights issues. She is also a member of the International Forum of Women Judges.

Pal edited many text-books for legal studies including famous book on Indian Constitutional Law by Prof. M P Jain, which is considered as an authority.[3] She became the Chancellor of Sikkim University and one of the trustees of legal diversity Nonprofit organization Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access.[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "SC gets 1st Bengali woman judge- Ruma Pal".
  3. ^ Professor MP JAIN Indian Constitutional Law (ISBN 9788180386213)
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External links[edit]

  • Paper by Justice Pal on Violence Against Women [1]
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