Justice Khehar to be first sikh Chief Justice
Khehar will be the 44th CJI and his name was recommended by the current CJI T S Thakur. Justice Khehar is currently the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court and will be taking the oath next year on January 4.
Jagdish Singh Khehar, 64, will be appointed as new Chief Justice of India by the Government. Khehar will be the 44th CJI and his name was recommended by the current CJI T S Thakur.
Justice Khehar is currently the the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court and will be taking the oath next year on January 4.
Justice #JagdishSinghKhehar appointed as the Chief Justice of India.
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According to The Economic Times, Jagdish Singh played a major role in scrapping the controversial National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act when he was heading the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court.
As Chief Justice, Khehar will have a tenure of over seven months as he would be retiring on 28 August, 2017.
Khehar was twice appointed as the acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court from August 2, 2008, and again from November 17, 2009.
He was elevated as Chief Justice of Uttrakhand High Court on November 29, 2009. Later, he was transferred as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.
Justice Khehar was elevated as judge of the Supreme Court on September 13, 2011.
After President Pranab Mukherjee formally gave his nod to his appointment, Justice JS Khehar is set be the next Chief Justice of India.