Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar to succeed CJI TS Thakur
New Delhi: Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar has been appointed the new Chief Justice of India (CJI), revealed the media reports on Tuesday.
Justice Khehar would succeed the incumbent CJI TS Thakur, who is retiring on January 3, 2017. Justice Khehar would be the first Sikh Chief Justice of India.
He will be the 44th CJI and would hold the office from January 4, 2017 to August 27, 2017.
Significantly, Justice Khehar headed the five-judge constitution bench in the apex court which had turned down the controversial NJAC Act for appointment of judges.
Incumbent CJI TS Thakur on Tuesday wrote a letter suggesting the name of Justice Khehar, who is the senior most judge of the Supreme Court at this time.