Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar on Wednesday assumed as the 44th Chief Justice of India.
Justice Khehar was administered the oath of office by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Raj Bhavan. He will have a tenure of over seven months till August 28, 2017. He is the first Chief Justice from Sikh community.
Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was born on August 28, 1952. He graduated in science from Government College, Chandigarh in 1974 and was awarded the LL.B. degree by Punjab University in 1977 and did his LL.M. in 1979. He was awarded Gold Medal for having stood first in the University.
He was enrolled as an Advocate in 1979 and practiced mainly in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh High Court, Shimla and the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. He was appointed as Additional Advocate General, Punjab, in January 1992, and then as Senior Standing Counsel, Union Territory, Chandigarh. His was designated as Senior Advocate in February, 1995.
He was elevated to the Bench of High Court of Punjab and Haryana, at Chandigarh, on February 8, 1999. He was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court twice i.e., with effect from August 02, 2008, and again, with effect from November 17, 2009. He was elevated as Chief Justice of the High Court of Uttarakhand, at Nainital, on November 29, 2009 and thereafter he was transferred as Chief Justice of High Court of Karnataka, where he assumed his office on August 8, 2010.
On appointment as Judge of the Supreme Court of India, he assumed office as Judge, Supreme Court on September 13, 2011. He is due to retire from Supreme Court on August 28, 2017.