Jasti Eswara Prasad
|Judge, High Court of Andhra Pradesh|
March 1990 – April 1994
|Justice, Karnataka High Court|
April 1994 – August 1996
|Chairman of the Special Court|
January 1997 – March 1997
|Chairman of the Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property |
March 1997 – March 2003
|Born||4 August 1934|
|Died||6 July 2021(aged 86)|
Prasad was born at Madras in a family of lawyers. His father, the late J. Sambasiva Rao Chowdary was a judicial officer, who retired as a district and sessions judge. His mother, late J. Seetamahalakshmi, was a leading lawyer of Madras and A.P. High Courts and was an M.L.C. As a child, Prasad suffered from paralysis.
Prasad held the position of the judge of A.P. High Court from March 1990 to April 1994. Subsequently, he was judge of the Karnataka High Court from April 1994 till his retirement in August 1996, overseeing constitutional, civil, taxation and criminal cases. One high-profile case related to secularism and the role of the State.
In January 1997 he was appointed chairman of the Special Court under the Andhra Pradesh Land Grabbing Prohibition Act. He streamlined the administration of the court and disposed of several cases and put a halt to the land-grabbing activities.
Subsequently, he was appointed chairman of the Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property, New Delhi in March 1997 for a period of three years and he was reappointed in March 2000 and held the post till his retirement in March 2003. Prasad took steps to ensure implementation of the statutory provisions prohibiting the trade in drugs, foreign exchange manipulation and the smuggling activities. He conducted proceedings of the Tribunal in various parts of the country, addressing and meeting with senior officers of the State and Central Governments.
Prasad organized two National Level seminars at New Delhi on Combating Terrorism and other crimes through Forfeiture of Property and on Curbing Smuggling and Foreign Exchange Manipulations. The seminars were addressed by the Chief Justice of India, several union ministers, judges of the Supreme Court and High Court, senior officers and others.
Prasad passed orders upholding the forfeiture of large properties of terrorists and smugglers in the country. Justice Eswara Prasad had also suggested several amendments to the law, both as a judge as well as Chairman of the Tribunal, for removing loopholes in the law and for their proper implementation, many of which have been enacted.
- Indian Express: Harshad plea rejected
- Outlook News
- Hyderabad: Justice Easwara Prasad passes away
- " Sathya Sai baba's condition deteriorates, devotees keep faith". Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | 21 April 2011
- Sathya Sai baba's condition deteriorates, devotees keep faith - Hindustan Times
- Forfeiture of Zaveris' deposit in SBI upheld
- ‘Smugglers’ kin must prove means of property acquisition’ - The Times of India 4 May 2002
- rediff.com: Tribunal upholds forfeiture of drug lord's properties
- "Property ordered forfeited".The Hindu, 27 July 2002.