|Profession||Judge of the Supreme Court of India|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
|Hair Colour||Salt and Pepper|
|Date of Birth||23 August 1961 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||61 Years|
|Birthplace||Garli, Dehra Gopipur, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh|
|Hometown||Garli, Dehra Gopipur, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh|
|School||St. Edward’s School, Shimla (1977)|
|College/University||• Government College, Sanjauli
• Faculty of Law, Himachal Pradesh University
|Educational Qualification(s)||• Bachelor of History Himachal Headlines
• Law degree at Himachal Pradesh University (1985) Hindustan Times
|Caste||Sood Himachal Headlines|
|Relationships & More|
|Wife/Spouse||Name Not Known
|Children||Son- Sarthak Karol
Daughter- Shradha Karol
• 50-gram gold
• 200 grams of silverware
• Opel Corsa
• 60 Bighas(approx) at Churag, Tehsil Karsog, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
• 16 Bighas (approx) at Karsog, Himachal Pradesh
• 150 square yards (approx) at BAra Ward, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
• Share in the land at Garli, Dehra, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
• Share in 2500 square yards at Main Bazar, Kalka, Haryana
• 39 Biswas (outside Municipal limits) at village Kamyana, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
• Two houses on land at SI.No. (i)
• One house at SI.No. (ii)
• A built-up portion in the house commonly known as Bell Villa, Station Bara Ward, Shimla
• Share in the house at a place mentioned at SI.No. (iv)
• Flat and Basement at C-164, Manu Apartment, Mayur Vihar, Delhi HP High Court
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sanjay Karol
- Sanjay Karol is a Judge in the Supreme Court of India. He is the former Chief Justice of Patna High Court and Tripura High Court. He has also served as Judge and Acting Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.
- In 1986, he was enrolled as an advocate and started practising in different courts including the Supreme Court of India. He practised in Constitutional, Taxation, Corporate, Criminal and Civil matters. He participated in the Inter-State water Dispute (BBMB Project) as a counsel in the Supreme Court of India.
- He started doing the discharged constitutional duties as the Advocate General of Himachal Pradesh in 1998 and did it till 2003.
- In 1999, he was the Senior Advocate at Himachal Pradesh High Court and was part of the Senior Panel for the Central Government, Supreme Court of India.
- On 8 March 2007, he was appointed as the Himachal Pradesh High Court Judge.
- On 25 April 2017, he became the Acting Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. He was also the chairman of the H.P. High Court Legal Services Committee. He held discharged statutory duties as Executive Chairman of H.P. State Legal Services Authority and was a member of the Board of Governors, Himachal Pradesh Judicial Academy.
- When he was in the Himachal Pradesh High Court, he gave a judgment on a case which left a great impact on a lot of people. A girl named Indu Kumari filed a petition against Himachal Pradesh University because they denied her admission to the university even after the 5% quota, as provided in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. She claimed that the university provided only 3% of reservations to disabled students. He gave the judgement and said,
In view of the provisions of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, wherein an express provision is there in Section 32 of the same that 5% of seats are to be reserved for persons with disabilities, the act of the University of reserving only 3% seats for persons with disabilities is totally unjustified and not acceptable being violative of the statute.”
- In 2017, his judgement about constructing public toilets on National Highways for travellers was highly appreciated. According to his judgement, forcing people to urinate or defecate in public because of the lack of public toilets violates their dignity.
- When he was the chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, he gave judgments on issues like removing discrimination against married women in matters of employment, checking illegal mining, and protecting rivers from the illegal running of dams. The judgments led to various steps taken including the installation of cameras in the prisons to check human rights violations, the building of roads, the protection of the UNESCO heritage sites, improve the medical facilities in the hospitals, reforms in the forest department especially the condition of forest guards, and police reforms.
- On 14 November 2018, he was appointed as the fourth Chief Justice of Tripura High Court. At the same time, he became the Patron-in-Chief of the Tripura State Legal Services Authority and Chairman of the Tripura Judicial Academy.
- On 1 June 2018, when he was the Acting Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, he went for patroling at 3 am in a locality and checked the complaint records related to the water supply. His action was appreciated by a lot of people.
- On 11 November 2019, he became the chief justice of Patna High Court. In the same year, he was the Patron-in-Chief of Bihar State Legal Services Authority, Patron-in-Chief of Bihar Judicial Academy, and Chancellor of Chanakya National Law University, Patna.
- In 2019, he took some initiatives to save the environment when he was serving in the Patna High Court. When there were orders to cut down trees and build a building, he did not allow the destruction of peepal trees and asked the engineers to change the design and reshape the building complex.
- On 13 December 2022, he was recommended for the post of Supreme Court judge, but there was no update from the Union government. On 6 February 2023, he was appointed as the Judge of the Supreme Court of India along with Rajasthan HC Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal, Manipur HC Chief Justice PV Sanjay Kumar, Patna HC judge Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah, and Allahabad HC judge Justice Manoj Misra.
- In an interview, he said that he wanted to help all the poor litigants for which he has made legal clinics at the Panchayat level.
- Karol is known for his down-to-earth behaviour. Once he helped a milkman who fainted after suffering a seizure in the Lakkar Bazaar of Shimla. He stopped by the man and asked his driver to take the man to the hospital.
- In an interview, he said that he was mentored by Arun Jaitley.