Hon'ble Shri Justice Satish K. Agnihotri assumed charge of the office of the Hon'ble Judge of the High Court of Chhattisgarh at Bilaspur on 5th May, 2005.
Born on 1st July, 1956 in Village Patehara, District Sidhi, Madhya Pradesh. Having completed Graduation in Science and Post Graduation in History from A. P. S. University, Rewa, Shifted to Delhi to obtain Bachelor of Law Degree from Delhi University in the year 1982. Enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi in August 1982 and commenced practice of legal profession.
He was appointed as Standing Counsel (Civil) of State of Madhya Pradesh in October, 1988 in the Supreme Court of India and continued as such till the date of elevation i.e. 5th May, 2005 to the High Court of Chhattisgarh as Additional Judge thereafter confirmed as Judge.
Apart from appearing for the state of Madhya Pradesh, appeared for M.P. State Electricity Board, Delhi Transco Ltd., Gujarat State Electricity Board, various corporations and authorities in the Supreme Court, High Court of Delhi and other High Courts. Has an opportunity to appear in the important cases in Constitutional Law, Taxation, Service Law, Writ Petitions etc. Participated in Arbitration. Some of the leading cases are Presidential reference on Dissolution of legislative Assemblies, Abolition of State Administrative Tribunal, River Water Dispute, T.N. Godavarman (Forest matters), Child Labourers Case, All India Judges Case etc.
He has attended and delivered lectures in SAARC LAW Conference in 1996 at Dhaka, Bangladesh; the Biennial LAWASIA Conference in 1997 at Manila, Philippines; the Biennial LAWASIA Conference in 1999 at Seoul, Korea and UIA Conference held at New Delhi. Travelled Europe, America and Far East countries.
The then Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Mr.Justice K.G.Balakrishnan, appointed him as Chairman along with Thiru. Mohan Gopal, the then Director of National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and Thiru.A.Lakshminathan, Vice Chancellor of Patna University, as Members, to enquire into the affairs of Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur.
He was, inter alia, the Chairman of recruitment, selection and promotion of higher judicial officers as well as Civil Judges. Further, headed the Committee for recruitment, promotion, transfer, etc. of Registry officers.
He was also the Chairman of the Computer Committee and also the Chairman of the Committee on Vision Statement in the High Court of Chhattisgarh.
The Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court, Hon’ble Mr.Justice Yatindra Singh, had spoken about the Hon’ble Mr.Justice Satish K Agnihotri, in the farewell function held on 23.09.2013, as under :
“My brothers, members of the Bar and Registry, ladies and gentlemen, Jai Johar, Namaste, and a very good afternoon to all of you.
We have assembled here to bid farewell to Brother Satish Kumar Agninotri. He is going to Madras High Court, a bigger and an older Court, as the senior most Judge.
Brother Agnihotri was born on 1st July, 1956. He assumed office as a Judge of this High Court on 5th of May 2005. In the last few years, the arrears in this Court has gone down and he shares the credit; his rate of disposing cases is high.
Brother Agnihotri is a good administrator as well. A few months ago, the office bearers of the employees’ association and my staff thanked me. The reason was that after many years,
comprehensive promotions of the High Court staff was done. This was because of the committee that was chaired by him.
There is another field, where we will miss him: how to rightly hold a function. Well, our loss is Chennai’s gain. But I have no reason to doubt that in Chennai, Brother Agnihotri will keep our flag flying high
With these words on behalf of my Brother Judges and on my own behalf, I extend good wishes to Brother Agnihotri and madam Agnihotri.
Assumed office as Judge of the Madras High Court on 26th September, 2013. Assumed charge as the Acting Chief Justice, Madras High Court from 13.02.2014