Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar became the 44th Chief Justice of India and hence, became the first Chief Justice from the Sikh Community. Present Chief Justice of India, Shri TS Thakur, put forward his name as his successor. Shri Khehar who is 64years old is presently the senior-most judge of Supreme Court of India. His tenure as the Chief Justice of India will start from 4thJanuary 2017 and will go for seven months, till 27thAugust, 2017
Shri Jagdish Singh Khehar was born on 28thAugust 1952 and completed his LLB and LLM from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He is a Gold Medalist for securing the first position in the LLM examination. In the earlier years, he had practiced in the Himachal Pradesh High Court, Punjab, and Haryana High Court as well as the Supreme Court. He was made the judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court on 8thFebruary, 1999. In addition to these positions, he has twice been the acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court once on 2ndAugust, 2008 and again on 17thNovember, 2009. However, on 29thNovember, 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court and later he took the position of Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court as well. He was alleviated as a judge of the Supreme Court on 13thSeptember, 2011.
He is known to be very competent in his field and completely devoted to his work. A man with iron will, he was the light-bearer of the five-judge constitutional bench in the Supreme Court that was responsible for striking down the contentious National Judicial Appointment Commission for the appointment of judges, owing to the uncertainty in the independence of the judiciary system of India.
Date of Birth – 28thAugust, 1952.
Alma Mater – Punjab University, Chandigarh.
Term as Chief Justice, Uttarakhand High Court – 29.11.2009 to 07.08.2010
The term as Chief Justice, Karnataka High Court – 08.08.2010 to 12.09.2011.
Appointment as judge of the Supreme Court of India – 13.09.2011
He has been a key person in various matters of national concern such as President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, the Subrata Roy Sahara scam and even was an influential person in giving the historical verdict of ‘equal pay for equal work’ for the daily wagers, casual and contractual laborers and the like. In addition, he has also played a major role in the Supreme Court’s milestone decision in the 2G spectrum scan.