New Delhi, January 4: Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India at a ceremony held on Wednesday at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He made and subscribed to the oath of office before the President.
Jagdish Singh Khehar is the 44th Chief Justice of India and also the first Sikh to hold the apex office. Interestingly, Justice Khehar will hold the tenure for over seven months until August 27. Importantly, Chief Justice T.S Thakur who demitted office yesterday recommended the name of Justice Khehar to be his successor in last month.
Justice Khehar assumed office as an apex court judge on September 13, 2011. He will head the Indian judiciary for a little less than eight months before retiring on August 27. Justice Khehar was also associated with the impeachment proceedings of apex court Justice V Ramaswami and Karnataka HC Chief Justice PD Dinakaran. He was also a part of the bench which sent Sahara chief Subrata Roy to jail while hearing the matter relating to the refund of money invested by people in his two companies.
Earlier, Justice JS Khehar has headed two Constitution Benches of the apex court, one that had revived the Collegium system of appointing higher judiciary judges and the other that restored the Congress government headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in Arunachal Pradesh.
Justice Khehar, son of a Kenyan immigrant, arrived in India with his family, when his father decided to return to his family roots. Still in school at the time, Khehar showed great capacity for academia and later became a gold medallist from Panjab University. As a lawyer, his moment under the spotlight came much early in his career, when he put up a strong defence Justice V Ramaswami, a Judge of the Supreme Court of India, who was accused of corruption as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court.