Graduated from St. Stephen’s college, Delhi in 1979. Completed LL.B. from Delhi University in 1982, LL.M. from Harvard University in 1983 and Doctor of Juridical Sciences (SJD) Harvard in 1986. Appointed as Additional Solicitor General of India (1998-2000). Designated as Senior Advocate in 1998. Appeared in several important cases involving PIL, Rights of Bonded Women Workers, Rights of HIV Positive Workers in the Work place, Contract Labour and Rights of Religious and Linguistic Minorities. Appeared on behalf of several public bodies including RBI, Port Trusts, Municipal Corporations and Universities. Taught International Law at Oklahoma University, USA in 1983 and was Visiting Professor for Comparative Constitutional Law at University of Bombay (1988-1997). Appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Bombay on March 29, 2000. Took oath as Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court on October 31, 2013.
Elevated to the Supreme Court of India on May 13, 2016.