Justice JS Khehar to be next Chief Justice of India
Justice Khehar will be the first Sikh to become the Chief Justice of India
Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar will be the next Chief Justice of India and scheduled to be sworn in as CJI on January 4, 2017. He will be the 44th Chief Justice of India and also the first Sikh to become the chief of the apex court. TS Thakur, the present of CJI of India, has reportedly recommended the name of Justice Khehar for the appointment. Assumed office as a Judge in the Supreme Court on September, 2011, JS Khehar would remain in office till August 4, 2017.
He was born on August 28, 1952. After completing his graduation in science from Government College, Chandigarh in 1974, he joined to study law at Panjab University. He was awarded the LL.B degree in 1977. He also completed the LL. M. course from the same University in 1979 for which he won the gold medal.
After assuming the Supreme Court judge office, he was appointed to lead the constitution bench that held the NJAC Act unconstitutional. He was also a part of the Judges Inquiry Committee investigated the basis of the removal of Mr. Justice P.D. Dinakaran, Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court.
Last week the Supreme Court collegium has reportedly took a decision to defer proposing names for the designation of Judges to the Supreme Court, until Justice J.S. Khehar takes the charge. Then the collegium will consist of Justice Khehar, Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B. Lokur.