Justice Khehar takes over as CJI

President cleared his appointment on December 19.

Justice Khehar takes over as CJI

Taking over as the 44th Chief Justice of India, Justice JS Khehar was sworn in on Wednesday morning. He succeeds Justice TS Thakur whose 13-month tenure ended on Tuesday.

President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath for the first Sikh CJI of India. Khehar will stay in the office for seven months.







President cleared his appointment on December 19.

Popular as a no-nonsense judge in legal circle, Justice Khehar has delivered several high-profile judgments since he became a Supreme Court judge. Amidst his various important assignments as a lawyer is defending Justice V Ramaswami, a Judge of the Supreme Court, who was accused of corruption as the chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court.
 As a judge of the top court Justice Khehar was part of the bench that jailed Sahara chief Subrata Roy for flouting the order to refund money his company had collected from investors for two financial schemes declared illegal by SEBI. But Justice Khehar recused himself from hearing the case further without assigning any reason.

He headed the bench that ordered status quo ante in Arunachal Pradesh, reviving the Congress government last year. The verdict was an embarrassing moment for the NDA government which had imposed President’s Rule in the state.