Supreme Court judge, Jagdish Singh Khehar to take over as the new Chief Justice of India (CJI) on January when the current CJI T S Thakur retires. J S Khehar will be the first Chief Justice from the Sikh community.
Justice Khehar was appointed on September 13, 2011. He will be the 44th Chief Justice of India. Sources in the government said President Pranab Mukherjee has cleared his name and the notification is being issued shortly.
CJI T S Thakur had earlier this month recommended the name of Justice Khehar, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, to be his successor. He will take oath of office on January 4.
Besides heading the bench in NJAC matter, Justice Khehar has also headed a bench which had set aside the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh in January. He was 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.
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Justice Khehar also headed a bench which recently gave a significant verdict holding that the principal of ‘equal pay for equal work’ has to be made applicable to those engaged as daily wagers, casual and contractual employees who perform the same duties as the regulars.