PROFILE OF SHIVA KANT JHA
Shri Shiva Kant Jha, M.A., LL.M.Advocate
Member, the Bar of the Supreme Court of India
(Former Chief Commissioner of Income-tax)
Shri Shiva Kant Jha was born in 1940 in the family of distinguished freedom fighters. He too had contributed to our country's Struggle for Freedom. He did his M.A. from Bihar University and LL.M from Patna University standing first at both the examinations. He specialized in Public International Law. He became a lecturer in Bihar University at the age of 20, and was appointed a permanent post-graduate lecturer in the Magadh University where he worked till 1964 when he joined the Indian Revenue Service which he served in various capacities retiring in 1998 from the post of the Chief Commissioner of Income-tax.
He was enrolled as an advocate in 1977; and was for about 15 years a paper-setter and examiner for the LL. M. Exam of the Calcutta, Patna and Nagpur Universities. He was a member of the Council for Higher Legal Studies of Nagpur University. He delivered lectures on the law of taxation at the Nagpur University. He conducted and participated in several seminars; wrote several articles, and had the good luck of getting a reference in Property Problems in the Law of Sales written by Dr T.B. Smith, a jurist of international eminence who had been the Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission. He is the author of The Judicial Role in Globalised Economy which received high appreciation from persons like Shri D.P. Wadhwa, a former Judge of the Supreme Court; Shri Shanti Bhushan, Sr. Advocate of the Supreme Cort; Dr. M.L Upadhyaya, former Dean & Head of the Department of Law of Calcutta University; Prof Arun Kumar of the JNU.
He joined the Bar of the Supreme Court of India in 1998. As a lawyer he has conducted many important cases including the celebrated PIL challenging the misuse of the Indo-Mauritius Double Taxation Avoidance Convention which he argued before the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court. The High Court, in its judgment, recorded words of appreciation by observing:
"We would however like to make an observation that the Central Govt. will be well advised to consider the question raised by Shri Shiva Kant Jha who has done a noble job in bring into focus as to how the Govt. of India had been losing crores and crores of rupees by allowing opaque system to operate."
He examined the constitutional validity and justiciability of India entering into the WTO Trety (the Uruguay Round Final) in his e Final Act of WTO :Abuse of Treaty-Making Power published by Centre for Study of Global Trade System and Development at A - 388, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi. He addressed the Seminar, presided over by the former Chief Justice of India, on the Treaty Making Power at ASSOCHAM. He was interviewed by Dr. Sol Picciotto of the Lancaster University, U.K. He has written several articles and papers of the Law of Treaties, and on the Indo-U S Deal. Some of these have been put on my website www.shivakantjha.org
He is the founder-director of the Bhagavad-Gita Swadhyaya Kendra at Laheriasarai, and is the founder-secretary of the Gopi Kant Jha-Draupadi Devi Charitable Trust. He is busy writing his Autobiographical Memoir which would be of interest to the academics, administrators, and lawyers.