New Delhi, India, 7 December 2016. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar is set to be the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India. Although there has been no official confirmation about the development but it is learnt that the existing Chief Justice Tirath Thakur has recommended Justice Singh’s name to the Union Ministry of Law.
If it happens, Justice J S Khehar will be the first Sikh to spearhead the Indian judiciary since the freedom of India in 1947.
According to practice, the name of the next Chief Justice is recommended by the existing Chief Justice of India, on the basis of seniority.
Justce Khehar will swear in as Chief Justice of India on January 4, when the current CJ retires. He is expected to lead the Indian judiciary till August 27.
Born on August 28 of 1952, Justice Khehar completed his degree in law (LLB) from Punjab University, Chandigarh and master degree (LLM) with gold medal in 1979. He got appointed as a Judge in Punjab & Haryana High Court in 1999 and was elevated to the post of Chief Justice of Uttrakhand on November 29, 2009.