P. B. Sawant

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P. B. Sawant (30 June 1930 – 15 February 2021) was a Supreme Court judge in India.[1]

After obtaining his law degree (LL.B.) from Bombay University, Sawant started practicing as an advocate initially at the Bombay High Court and later at Supreme Court of India. In 1973 he was appointed Judge of the Bombay High Court; among his notable acts was an inquiry on the Air-India aircraft crash in June 1982. He was appointed justice in the Supreme Court in 1989.[2]

Since his retirement in 1995, he was active in public affairs.

In 2002, he served with retired justice Hosbet Suresh on an Indian People's Tribunal headed by justice V. R. Krishna Iyer to investigate the 2002 Gujarat riots.[3] Their report includes testimony of the then Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister Haren Pandya (since murdered), who testified about a meeting convened by Narendra Modi on the evening of the Godhra train burning. At this meeting, officials were instructed not to obstruct the Hindu rage following the incident.[4] The report also highlighted a second meeting, held in Lunawada village of Panchmahal district, attended by state ministers Ashok Bhatt, and Prabhatsinh Chauhan, and other BJP and RSS leaders, where "detailed plans were made on the use of kerosene and petrol for arson and other methods of killing."[5]

Sawant chaired the P. B. Sawant commission constituted on 1 September 2003 to investigate corruption charges against 4 ministers of the Government of Maharashtra, namely, Nawab Malik, Padmasinh Patil, Suresh Jain and Vijaykumar Gavit. He submitted his report on 23 February 2005, which indicted Nawab Malik, Padmasinh Patil and Suresh Jain but exonerated Vijaykumar Gavit. It resulted in the resignation of two state cabinet ministers, Suresh Jain and Nawab Malik.[6] [7]


  1. ^ http://livelaw.in/top-stories/justice-pb-sawant-passes-away-former-supreme-court-judge-169872
  2. ^ "Former Jugdes". Supreme Court of India. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Citizens' tribunal to investigate Godhra carnage, communal riots". Express India. 1 April 2002. Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^ "India's Independent Weekly News Magazine". Tehelka. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Leads From Purgatory | Darshan Desai | Dec 02,2002". Outlookindia.com. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  6. ^ Abraham, Renni (12 March 2005). "Nawab Malik resigns after panel indictment". Business Standard. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  7. ^ Bavadam, Lyla (25 March 2005). "A probe report and politics". Frontline. Vol.22 Issue 7. Retrieved 10 April 2011. |volume= has extra text (help)

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