Justice Mahavir Singh

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Justice Mahavir Singh

Justice Mahavir Singh, (14 September 1920- 11 August 1997), was a popular justice, an authority on law and social reformer of India.

Early life

He was born on 14 September 1920 in a Panwar Jat family in village Ailum of District Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, India. He passed MA (Economics) and LL.B. in 1942 together in 2 years, in first Division and second position in both and colour holder in athletics and rowing. He was awarded Gold Medal for being all round best boy in the University in 1941-42..

In Judicial Service

Justice Mahavir Singh taught Economics in J.V. College Baraut for two years. He was selected as Munsif by U.P. Public Service Commission and appointed Munsif on 10 May 1946. Subsequently, he was appointed as District and Session Judge in April 1970. He was appointed as Additional Judge of Allahabad High Court on 17 November 1977 and Judge 15/11/79. He retired from Judicial Services on 14 September 1982.

He was designated as a Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India in 1983-84.

Authority on Law

Justice Mahavir Singh had authored many Law books. Important books authored by him are:

  • Nathuni Lal's Law of Arbitration, fourth Edition, 1983 ISBN 81-7012-168-X
  • Bharat ka Sanvidhan (Constitution of India), 1987 In Hindi (In 2 Volumes), ISBN 81-7012-313-5
  • Ejaz Ahmad's Commentaries on U.P. Co-operative Societies Act, 1965 fifth Edition, 1989 With Supplement, 1992 ISBN 81-7012-405-0
  • Uttar Pradesh Co-operative Societies Act, 1965,5th Edition, 1995, (In Hindi) Reprinted with Supplement, 1999

ISBN 81-7012-558-8

  • Consolidation Process in Uttar Pradesh
  • Nyay Panchayat in Uttar Pradesh
  • Criminal procedure Code Published by Govt. of India and its (second edition)
  • Law and pleadings

Social reforms

Justice Mahavir Singh was associated with many social organizations. He was President of Sarvakhap Panchayat. Sarvakhap Panchayat is an organization of group of many villages doing works of social reforms. Hindi Sahitya Sammelan Prayag awarded him Honorary degree of Vidhi-Vachaspati (equivalent to Ph.D.) in October 1989 on his ‘Commentary on Constitutions of India’ (Hindi). He was vice-president of All India Hindi Law Institute Lucknow. As a judge he delivered about forty percent of his judgments in Hindi language so that people can understand well.

Justice Mahavir Singh was committed to the development of rural poor people. He started first Cooperative Society in his own village in 1945 that became the highest profit earning Society in U.P. He founded a junior high school in 1947 in his village. He started a woman Polytechnic in 1986 in his own house that provided free one-year course to rural girls on sewing, weaving, embroidery, painting and food technology. He was also Visitor Gurukul Kangri Vishwa, Vidyalaya, and Haridwar. He was connected with Arya Samaj and was president of nyay sabha of sarvdeshik Arya pratinidhi sabha. He was associated with Jat Samaj Kalyan Parishad Gwalior. He attended almost every year All India Kisan Rana Mela organized by Jat Samaj Kalyan Parishad at Gwalior fort on the occasion of Ram Navami.


He died of cancer on August 11, 1997.

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