Hon’ble Mr. Justice JS Khehar to be next Chief Justice of India. (Alumnus of Panjab University, Chandigarh)

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Hon’ble Mr. Justice JS Khehar to be next Chief Justice of India


Hon’ble Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who will be sworn in on January 4, will hold the tenure for over seven months till August 27, 2017.

Chief Justice of India T S Thakur wrote a letter recommending the name of Justice JS Khehar, who is the senior most judge of the Supreme Court to be his successor.

Justice Khehar, 64, will be the first Chief Justice from the Sikh community and he will succeed CJI Thakur who will be demitting office on January 3, 2017.

Justice Khehar, who will be sworn in on January 4, will hold the tenure for over seven months till August 27, 2017.


Justice Khehar was born on August 28, 1952. After graduating in science from Government College, Chandigarh in 1974, He was awarded the LL.B degree by the Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1977, he then acquired the LL. M. qualification from the same University in 1979, for the latter qualification, Justice Khehar was awarded the Gold Medal for having stood first in the University.

Justice Khehar was enrolled as an Advocate in 1979 and practiced mainly in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh High Court, Shimla and the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. His Lordship was appointed as Additional Advocate General, Punjab, in January 1992, and then as Senior Standing Counsel, Union Territory, Chandigarh. Justice Khehar was designated as Senior Advocate in February, 1995. His Lordship remained standing counsel for Universities of the area, Corporate Bodies and a large number of companies and cooperative organizations.

Justice Khehar was elevated to the Bench of High Court of Punjab and Haryana, at Chandigarh, on February 8, 1999. His Lordship was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court twice i.e., with effect from August 02, 2008, and again, with effect from November 17, 2009. He was elevated as Chief Justice of the High Court of Uttarakhand, at Nainital, on November 29, 2009 and thereafter he was transferred as Chief Justice of High Court of Karnataka, where he assumed his office on August 8, 2010.

On appointment as Judge of the Supreme Court of India, he assumed office as Judge, Supreme Court on September 13, 2011.

He is due to retire from Supreme Court on August 28, 2017.


SOURCE: The Hindu, Supreme Court of India,


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