Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of India
Hailing from Punjab, Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was on Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Justice of India (CJI). Khehar was administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He succeeded Justice Tirath Singh Thakur. Khehar is the 44th CJI and also the first Sikh to hold the apex office. He would have a tenure of little over seven months.
Justice Khehar was the author of the judgment by a five-judge constitution bench that held “unconstitutional” the Constitution’s 99th amendment paving way for the National Judicial Appointment Commission and the National Judicial Appointment Commission Act, 2014.
Justice Khekar, known for his unflinching stand has had many rough brushes within the Judicial establishment itself, even if it meant impeachment of a colleague. In 2010, as the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, Justice Khehar was appointed a member of the three jurists committee, set up to examine corruption charges against Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, P D Dinakaran, who was facing impeachment proceedings. Before the proceedings could get over, Justice Dinakaran had resigned from his post. As well as that of Justice V Ramaswami.
Justice Khehar, is an alumni of none other than the Department of Laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Approaching the date of appointment of the new Chief Justice, the outgoing CJI Thakur on his farewell speech had first issued worlds of cautioned for his successor saying that “the present has great challenges. We have three crore cases. We have problems of infrastructure. We have problems of judge strength being low… But please remember, we will have greater challenges in the future and that is what we have to be prepared for.”
Speaking at the same event J S Khehar had also bid farwell to Thakur by calling him an “extraordinary man with extraordinary qualities,” and thanked him for his years of service.