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Goverdhan Lal Oza

(1924 – ★) – (Madhya Pradesh)

Goverdhan Lal Oza, or G.L. Oza, was born on 12 December 1924 in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India. He is an Indian Judge, freedom fighter, and Justice of the Supreme Court of India. His father, Shri Jamnalalji Oza, was a social worker in Ujjain. Oza passed from Government Madhav Arts and Commerce College, Ujjain. In his student life, he took an active part in student politics and the Quit India movement led by Mahatma Gandhi. He joined the agitation against the rulers of the Holkar State for the merger of the State in the Indian Union at the time of Indian Independence.

In 1948, he started his career as a lawyer in the Indore Court. He attended the Asian Socialist Conference in Rangoon, Burma, in December 1952 as an Indian delegate. He practiced on civil, criminal, and constitutional matters. Oza was an active political activist and worked in various important and political cases at Indore before his elevation to the Bench. He became the Additional Judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court at Jabalpur on 29 July 1968.

On 3 January 1984, Justice Oza was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court, and in December 1984, he became the permanent Chief Justice of the same High Court. He was elevated to the post of Additional Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 29 October 1985 and retired on 11 December 1989.