New Delhi: Chief Justice of India T.S.Thakur who is going to retire from office on January 3rd and today he has recommended government to appoint Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar as his successor.
According to sources, Justice Khehar is the senior-most judge after the CJI and should succeed to the post on the principle of seniority. As Chief Justice.
Justice Khehar will have tenure of over seven months as he would be retiring on August 28, 2017.
He is considered to be a strong judge who presided over the constitution bench that junked the National Judicial Appointment Commission as unconstitutional holding that it intruded upon the independence of judiciary.
Justice Khehar also presided over the five judges’ constitution bench that had quashed the then Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s decision to prepone the assembly session from January 2016 to December as it directed restoration of ousted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s government.
He has done LL.B and LL.M from Punjab University, Chandigarh, Justice Khehar was awarded Gold Medal for securing first position in the university in LL.M examination.
Before being elevated as a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court at Chandigarh on February 8, 1999, Justice Khehgar had practised before it as well as the Himachal Pradesh High Court and the Supreme Court.
He was twice appointed as the acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court from August 2, 2008, and again from November 17, 2009.
He was elevated as Chief Justice of Uttrakhand High Court on November 29, 2009. Later he was transferred as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.
Justice Khehar was elevated as judge of the Supreme Court on September 13, 2011.