Justice Altamas Kabir retired from the office of Chief Justice of India on 18 July 2013 after a short term of just nine months. He became the judge of the Supreme Court on 9 September 2005. He was the 39th Chief Justice of India. Altamas Kabir remained in the office for a period of nine months, i.e., from 29 September 2012 to 18 July 2013.
About Justice Altamas Kabir
• Justice Altamas Kabir on 29 September 2012 was sworn-in as the Chief Justice of India by President Pranab Mukherjee. He took over the office from Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia.
• He is known for his landmark judgments associated with human rights as well as election laws.
• He pursued his MA in LL.B from University of Calcutta and started his career as a practitioner in civil and criminal cases in the year 1973 at District court of Calcutta.
• Altamas Kabir was first time appointed as a permanent judge in the Calcutta high Court on 6 August 1990 and has served the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court.
Tenure and qualification of Judges in Supreme Court
President appoints the judges of the Supreme Court and the retirement age of these judges is 65. For being a judge or chief justice of a Supreme Court one must fulfill the following qualifications:
• He must be a citizen of India.
• He should have served the High Court as the Judge for at least 5 years.
• He should have served the high court as the advocate for a period of 10 years.