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Altamas Kabir

Altamas Kabir

Justice Altamas Kabir is the Chief Justice in the Supreme court of India. He assumed charge on September 29, 2012 from the outgoing Chief Justice S H Kapadia. Altamas Kabir is the 39th Chief Justice of India.

Justice Kabir is known for his patience, and his skills in engaging better with lawyers and litigant.

Personal Biography

Altamas Kabir was born on July 19, 1948 at Kolkata in West Bengal. Kabir's father Jehangir Kabir was influential in Bengal politics. His uncle, Humanyun Kabir is a renowned academician.

He did his LLB and MA from the University of Calcutta.

Kabir's ancestors are from an affluent Bengali Muslim family in Faridpur, which is in Bangladesh now. His ancestors migrated to India after the partition in 1947.

Altamas Kabir is married to Meena Kabir. Meena is a child right activist. The couple has two children - who have studied law.

Professional Career

After completing his LLB, Altamas Kabir enrolled at the Bar on August 1, 1973.

He became a permanent judge of the Calcutta High Court on August 6, 1990.

Justice Altamas Kabir assumed charge as the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court on January 11, 2005. He later became the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court on March 1, 2005.

Justice Kabir later became the judge of the Supreme Court of India on Sep 9, 2005.

He was appointed as executive chairman of National Legal Services Authority on Jan 14, 2010.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India

The outgoing Chief Justice S H Kapadia has recommended Altamas Kabir to be the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Justice Altamas Kabir will serve as the Chief Justice for less than a year as he would retire on July 18, 2013.

Takes oath as Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India

Justice Altamas Kabir took oath as Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India on September 29, 2012 at 11:30 am. His oath was administered by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Vice President of India, Prime Minister, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Cabinet Ministers, Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Judges of Supreme Court, Lawyers and other invitees attended the ceremony.

Justice Kabir would retire on July 19, 2013 when he attains the age of 65.

Altamas Kabir
Chief Justice of India
Preceded by
SH Kapadia
Assumed office
September 29, 2012
Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court
Preceded by
Justice PK Balasubramanyan
In office
March 1, 2005 - September 8, 2005
Succeded by
Justice N Dhinakar
Judge at Calcutta High Court, Kolkata
In office
August 6, 1990 - February 29, 2005

Restores Oral mentioning in Supreme Court

Justice Altamas Kabir has restored the concept of 'oral mentioning' and requests through applications for early hearing of matters. On his first day as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Altamas Kabir restored the procedure which was cancelled by former CJI SH Kapadia soon after he assumed the office in May 2010.



Child Witness Court Room
Justice Altamas Kabir has welcomed India's first child witness court room (CWCR), which was inaugurated at the Karkardooma courts complex in New Delhi. The court room is designed to present a friendly image of courts for child witnesses. The inauguration was done on September 16, 2012. Speaking on the occasion, Altamas Kabir said that this step will prove beneficial in the future and improvements will be made in this initiative after further study.

Takes oath as CJI
Justice Altamas Kabir took oath as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India on September 29, 2012. His oath was administered by President of India Pranab Mukherjee.

On 1 Oct 2012, Justice Altamas Kabir restores the concept of oral mentioning of cases for early hearing. He later visited the two libraries in the court and heard the problems of lawyers. He said that the suggestions of lawyers can be submitted through Bar Association President.

March against Child Labour
CJI Altamas Kabir flagged off a 300 km march on Dec 8, 2012 against child labour and trafficking in Guwahati. The march was organized by Bachpan Bachao Andolan and Global March against Child Labour in association with Assam state government and Assam State Level Services Authorities.

Altamas Kabir inaugurates the first fast-track court to try cases of sexual offences in Delhi. The fast-track court is at the Saket District Court Complex. Speaking on the occasion, he said that a speedy trial should not be at the cost of a fair trial. Four other fast-track courts to try cases of sexual offences on a priority basis will be set up later. Jan 2, 2013

Altamas Kabir in News

Andhra Pradesh News on March 2, 2013
Andhra Pradesh News and Headlines on March 2, 2013

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