Tuesday, December 6, 2016
The Chief Justice of India T.S.Thakur whose term comes to an end on January 3 has written to the Centre to appoint Justice Jagadish Singh Khehar as the new Chief Justice of India.
According to sources, Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar (64), the senior most judge of the Supreme Court will take charge as the 44th Chief Justice of India on January 4, 2017. He will continue to be in the post till August 27. He is the first one from Sikh community to hold the Chief Justice of India for the first time.
Justice Khehar earned a place in history when the five judge bench headed by him shot down the National Judicial Appointments Commission a body being set up through a constitutional amendment unanimously passed by Parliament to select judges for the Supreme and High Courts.
Justice Khehar was born on 28 August 1952 had graduated in science from Government College, Chandigarh in 1974. He after completion of graduation in Law in 1977 from Punjab University did his LLM degree in 1979 and won gold medal from the same university.
After post-graduation in law, he started practice in Punjab and Haryana High Court and designated senior advocate in 1995. He participated in proceedings relating to removal of two judges – Supreme Court Judge V.Ramaswamy and Chief Justice of Karnataka P.D.Dinakaran. In Ramaswamy case, he appeared as counsel for one of the MPs who supported Ramaswamy before the inquiry panel headed by Justice P.B.Sawant. In Dinakaran case, he as Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court headed the inquiry panel.