HEAD OF THE INSTITUTION IS THE JUDGE, JUDICIAL PREVIEW
WHO MUST BE NOT BELOW THE RANK OF A SITTING OR FORMER JUDGE OF A HIGH COURT AS PER THE ACT, 34 OF 2019
Justice Dr B. Siva Sankara Rao was born at Sakurru Village of Amalapuram Mandal, East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh State. Dr.Rao’s parents are Late Sri Gavarraju (Ex.Sarpanch - Sakurru) and Late. Smt.Suryakantham of Agricultural family. Dr.Rao is 3rd of three brothers and four sisters. Dr.Rao married Smt. Jayalakshmi, a postgraduate in Law and blessed with a daughter-Lalitha Sreeja. He hails from the family with famous surname "Bulusu" which produced several Vedic, Sanskrit and Telugu scholars and freedom fighters including the renowned freedom fighter Maharshi Bulusu Sambamurthy Garu-(Speaker of the then composite Madras State Assembly in the Rajaji`s Tenure) who is remembered as one of the earliest leaders to move the resolution for Purna Swaraj, which was finally made the aim of the Congress in 1929 session at Lahore and who was arrested and imprisoned in Vellore jail in said freedom movement.
Dr. Siva Sankara Rao pursued his academics at Sakurru, Bandarlanka and Amalapuram till Degree in Commerce. Did Degree in Law and Masters Degree in Commerce within & from Andhra University. Masters Degree in Law from Kakatiya University & Ph.D. in Law from Acharya Nagarjuna University with the research topic – “Role of Family in Child Development vis-à-vis Child in conflict with Law in Indian Context”.
Enrolled as an Advocate in March,1984 and joined the office of Sri Palagummi Surya Rao and also attached to Sri Duvvuri Markandeyulu of Amalapuram and practised in East Godavari, entered the Judicial Service in the year,1996 as District & Sessions Judge (entry level) having stood first in written and viva-voce on merit in the composite state).After basic training, worked as Additional District Judge at Khammam, Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge, Hyderabad for trail of the Jubilee Hills Car Bomb Blast case (newly constituted), Special Judge for CBI cases at Visakhapatnam, Judge, Family Court at Hyderabad, Additional Director for two times and also Director(FAC), A.P. Judicial Academy at Hyderabad, Metropolitan Sessions Judge at Vijayawada, Principal District & Sessions Judge, Prakasam at Ongole and Chairman, A.P.Endowments Tribunal (newly constituted for the composite state) on deputation. Elevated as Addl. Judge, High Court of Andhra Pradesh w.e.f. 17-10-2013 and sworn in on 23-10-2013, and later became permanent Judge in the composite state and while so serving, allotted to the state of Telangana.
Retired on attaining the age of superannuation on the afternoon of 09-04-2019 as per the recorded date of birth in S.S.C. of 10-04-1957 though actually born on 29-03-1959. While serving in the Judiciary Dr.Rao delivered numerous landmark judgments which paved the way to his contemporers as well as future Judges and Judicial officers. In addition, Dr.Rao has passion towards academics having several academic degrees and now pursuing his LL.D (Doctor of Laws) from Chanakya National Law University,(CNLU), Patna with the research topic entitled "Transformative Justice from Punitive to Restorative in the Indian Context - An Empirical Study" under the esteemed guidance of Prof.A.Lakshminath, formarly Vice - chancellor, CNLU, a senior, eminent, renowned, professor in the field of Law and Prof. Dr.L.Jayasri of Acharya Nagarjuna University. Dr. Rao authored several books in the field of law and contributed several articles including those of contemporary relvevancy some of which published even in the refereed International Journals. Contributed to guide the subordinate judiciary, various articles and circulated free of cost in the form of a booklet as a guide for judicial and minesterial officers and staff.
With due respects to the integrity and knowledge of Dr.Rao, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has appointed him as Judge- Judicial Preview which is one of the prestigious promises of the govt to implement transparency in the infrastructure bidding process in the state through judicial preview. Dr.Siva Sankara Rao assumed charge of the post of Judge - Judicial Preview on 14-09-2019. The Judge operates his team / office from State Guest House at Guntur for time being and likely to be shifted to APIIC TOWERS, Auto Nagar, Mangalagiri soon.