Shiva Kant Jha- Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (Retd.)

Shri Shiva Kant Jha was born in 1937 in the family of distinguished freedom fighters who had played commendable role in India’s  Struggle for Freedom. He too had gone through the pleasures and pain of that great national Struggle for Freedom.  He did his M.A. in English literature, and LL.M. in Constitutional and International Law. After a stint as a permanent post-graduate lecturer in the Magadh University, he joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1964, and retired in 1998 from the post of the Chief Commissioner of Income-tax.

He had been enrolled as an advocate in 1977, and joined the Supreme Court Bar as a member in 1998. He conducted some great PILs at the Delhi High Court, and the Supreme Court of India. In the ’Indo-Mauritius tax treaty abuse Case’, his work was appreciated by the Delhi High Court in the judgment itself [(2002) 256 ITR 563 (Del.)].  The Court observed:

                     “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 was for about 15 years a paper-setter and examiner for the LL.M. Examination of the Calcutta, Patna and Nagpur Universities. His books,  The Judicial Role in Globalised Economy, and Final Act of WTO: Abuse of Treaty-Making Power have received wide appreciation. His legal acumen   got him a reference in Property Problems in the Law of Sales written by Dr. T.B. Smith, a jurist of international eminence.  He has written several articles on diverse topics (literature, law, jurisprudence, public interest, and the Indo-US Nuclear Deal etc.) that can be read on his website www.shivakantjha.org. He is the founder-secretary of the ’Gopi Kant Jha-Draupadi Devi Charitable Trust’, and is the Director of the ’The Veenapani Bhagavad-Gita Swadhyaya Kendra’.

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