Sunday, February 19, 2017
Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir (68) passed away today on Sunday morning in Kolkata due to prolonged illness according to sources. Justice Kabir was born on July 19, 1948 in Kolkata. He did his LL.B from the University of Calcutta.
He was admitted to the bar in 1973 and practiced civil and criminal law in Kolkata at the district court and the Calcutta High Court, Kolkata. He was made a permanent judge of Calcutta High Court on August 6, 1990. He assumed the office of acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court on January 11, 2005. He was appointed as Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority on January 14, 2010. He became the acting Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court on January 3, 2005 an elevation made permanent on March 1, 2005. He was elevated to the Supreme Court of India as Justice on September 9, 2005 and became the 39th Chief Justice of India on September 29, 2012.