Justice P. V. Sanjay Kumar is an Indian judge who assumed the office of the judge of the Supreme Court of India on 6 February 2023 after the recommendation by the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud in December 2022. He is the former Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court.
P. V. Sanjay Kumar, also known as, Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar was born on Wednesday, 14 August 1963 (age 59 years; as of 2022) in Hyderabad, Telangana. His zodiac sign is Leo. Sanjay Kumar did his schooling at St. Paul’s School at Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad. He attended Nizam College, Hyderabad, to pursue his graduation in commerce and later, obtained a degree in law from Delhi University. In August 1988, Sanjay Kumar enrolled as a member of the Bar Council of undivided Andhra Pradesh.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper (half-bald)
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Justice P. V. Sanjay Kumar’s father, Sri P. Ramachandra Reddy, was an Advocate General of Andhra Pradesh from 1969 to 1982. Reddy hailed from the Chittoor district. His mother’s name is P. Padmavathamma.
Wife & Children
Not much is known about his wife & children.
After enrolling at the Bar Council of undivided Andhra Pradesh, P. V. Sanjay Kumar started practising as a lawyer at his father’s office, gaining exposure to various branches of Law. Soon his father retired from the profession and Sanjay Kumar began practising independently. From 2000 to 2003, Sanjay Kumar served as a public prosecutor in the united Andhra Pradesh and represented various prominent clients including Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited and Special Officer, Urban Land Ceilings, and High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Subordinate Judiciary. He was appointed as an additional judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on 8 August 2008. Later, on 20 January 2010, Sanjay took charge as a permanent High Court judge. Following the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014, Sanjay Kumar served as a judge of the Telangana High Court.
On 14 October 2019, Kumar was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court as a permanent judge.
He was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court on 12 February 2021. He took the oath of office on 14 February 2021. On 13 December 2022, the Supreme Court Collegium, headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud recommended his name for the Apex Court. After the clearance from the centre, Sanjay Kumar assumed office on 6 February 2023. He was administered the oath by the Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud.
- His parent High Court is Telangana.
- Apparently, he is the second judge from Hyderabad, Telangana, after Justice P. Narasimha to be elevated to the Supreme Court of India.
- An advocate of Wildlife protection, P. V. Sanjay Kumar has addressed several workshops on Wildlife Crime Prevention.