Shri Shiva Kant Jha was born 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. His dissertation was on the law of fisheries in the high seas. He became a lecturer in Bihar University at the age of 20, and soon 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.