Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar – The Next Chief Justice of India

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The chief Justice of India is the head of the judiciary of India and the Supreme Court of India as well as also head their administrative functions. He is the person who holds the responsibility of the cases to be allotted and also heads the appointment of constitutional benches which work to deal with important law matters. The judges to whom the work is allotted by the chief Justice are also responsible to report back the chief justice on the matter. In present, the chief justice performs functions like appointment of court officials and all other matters that relate to the Supreme Court in terms of its functioning and supervision.

The present chief justice of India is T.S. Thakur and now the succession will be taken over by Jagdish Singh Khehar who will be the next chief justice of India.

Here are some facts about him.

Education

Born in Punjab, Jagdish Singh Khehar obtained his bachelor’s degree from Punjab University and also won a gold medal for excelling in LLM qualification.

Initial Career

Jagdish Singh Khehar at first started his career as an advocate and practiced his career at Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh High Court and later appointed as an Additional Advocate General, Punjab.

Career stages

Elevated to bench of High Court of Punjab and later appointed as Acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court. Was also a part of the defense counsel of former Supreme Court Judge Justice V Ramaswamy.

Subrata Roy case

Jagdish Singh Khehar was a part of the bench which sent Subrata Roy to jail term on the case relating to fund of money that was invested by people in his companies.

Supreme Court Judge

Pratibha Patil, Former President of India appointed Jagdish Singh Khehar as the judge of the Supreme Court. Before being appointed as a judge, Jagdish Singh Khehar served as the chief justice at Karnataka High Court and also the chief justice of Uttarakhand High Court.

Defining the Sikh Identity

Jagdish Singh Khehar decided a case while heading a three-judge bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court. The case involved defining the Sikh identity and stated that a religion must be perceived as it is and not as another would like it to be.

First Sikh Chief Justice

Jagdish Singh Khehar will be the first Sikh Chief Justice of the country and will be the 44th Chief Justice of India. Justice Khehar was appointed the new Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority in November.

Notable Judgment

After the Government of India filed a Presidential reference in the 2G spectrum scam before the Supreme Court and views were presented, it was Justice Khehar to gave a separate concurring opinion stating that government should not be under enormous impression.

Recommended by T.S. Thakur

His recommendation for the post of Chief Justice was done by T.S. Thakur who wrote his recommendation letter to the Union Government, recommending his name for the next Chief Justice of India.

The Date

Jagdish Singh Khehar will sworn for the new post of Chief Justice of India by Pranab Mukherjee, The President of India on 4th of January, 2017.