The 44th Chief Justice of India: Mr. Jagdish Khehar

Mr. Jagdish Singh Khehar was recommended as 44th Chief Justice of India by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur today. Mr. Khehar is the senior most judge of the Supreme Court.

He will be the first Chief Justice from the Sikh community. He will succeed CJI Thakur plikely after January 3, 2017 and will hold the tenure for about seven months till August 27, 2017. President Pranab Mukherjee has also given his nod over this decision.

Justice Khehar, 64, handled the in NJAC matter and also was a part of the bench which sent Sahara chief Subrata Roy to jail. Also, he was a part of the recent verdict passed holding that the principal of ‘equal pay for equal work’ shall be made applicable to the people involved in daily wagers, casual and contractual employees.

He was appointed as Chief Justice Uttrakhand High Court on 29 November, 2009 and later transferred as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.

Considering his contribution and views on Judiciary, he is definitely a deserving candidate when it comes to Justice in India. He stated, “Judiciary is mandated to shield all persons, citizens and non-citizens alike, against discrimination and abuse of State power. Liberty, equality and dignity of citizen have flourished substantially in India due to the pro-active role of judiciary in the country.”

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