Chief Justice of India TS Thakur on 6 December 2016 recommended Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar’s name to be the 44th Chief Justice of India. Justice Thakur wrote a letter recommending the name of Justice Khehar, who is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court to be his successor.
Justice Khehar, 64, will be sworn-in as the Chief Justice of India on 4 January 2017. He will retire from his office on 27 August 2017, after serving the nation as Chief Justice of India for over seven months.
Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar appointed Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority
He will be the first Chief Justice of India from the Sikh community and succeed CJI Thakur who will be demitting office on 3 January 2017.
About Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar
SC declared National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) unconstitutional
- He led the five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court that struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act for the appointment of judges.
- He also led the bench that in January 2016 set aside the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh.
- He also headed the bench that passed a verdict of equal pay for equal work for the benefit of people engaged as casual and contractual employees who work like regulars and daily wagers.
- He was a part of the bench that sent Sahara Chief Subrata Roy to jail after hearing the matter relating to the refund of money invested by people in his two companies.
President signed National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014