About This File
Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai was born on October 30, 1949 in Mumbai.
She completed her Bachelor of Arts from the Elphinstone Collcgc in 1970 and her LL.B from the Government Law College in 1973.
She joined the legal profession on July 30, 1973. She worked as a junior in the chambers of Late Justice S.C. Pratap, before he became a judge, where she got opportunity to appear in several civil and criminal matters. She also worked with her father Late Mr. S.G. Samant who was an eminent criminal lawyer.
She was appointed as a Government Pleader on the Appellate Side of the Bombay High Court in 1979. She was appointed as Special Public Prosecutor for preventive detention matters for the Bombay High Court in 1986. She was appointed to the post of Chief Government Pleader, Appellate Side of the Bombay High Court on November 1, 1995.
She was elevated to the Bench of Bombay High Court on April 15, 1996.
She was elevated as a Judge of Supreme Court of India on 13.09.2011.
After her retirement from the Supreme Court she was appointed as Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity in 2018, a position which she held till 29th October, 2017.
After completing her tenure as Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal of Electricity, she was appointed as Chairperson of the Advance Ruling Authority [Income Tax] in 2018, a position which she held till 29th October, 2019.
She is presently Chairperson of the Search Committee constituted for the purpose of recommending the panel for consideration of the positions of Chairperson and Members of the Lokpal.