New Delhi, December 7: Justice Jagdish Singh khehar on Tuesday has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of India. Justice Khehar will take charge on 4th January 2017 after after the retirement of CJI TS Thakur. Justice khehar will be the 44th Chief Justice of India and will remain in office from 4th January 2017 till 4th August 2017.
Like to inform you that Chief Justice of India Justice TS Thakur has reportedly recommended the name of Justice Khehar for the appointment. Justice Khehar assumed office as a Judge in the Supreme Court on September 13, 2011.
Justice Khehar led the constitution bench which held the NJAC Act unconstitutional. He was a member of the Judges Inquiry Committee for investigating the grounds on which the removal of Mr. Justice P.D. Dinakaran, Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, has been sought.
Last week the Supreme Court collegium has reportedly decided to defer recommending names for appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court, till Justice J.S. Khehar assumes office on January 4, 2017. The collegium, after CJI Thakur’s retirement, would comprise of Justice Khehar, Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B. Lokur.
While Justice Khehar was the first lawyer in his family, all his three sons have followed him into teh legal profession. His wife, Madhupreet Kaur Khehar, is a homemaker. His two sons Karanveer Singh Khehar and Barinder Singh Khehar practice at the Punjab and Haryana high court and the third son, Tarunveer Singh Khehar, practices at the Delhi high court.