Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar has been named as the next Chief Justice of India, who will succeed incumbent T S Thakur, who is set to retire on January 3 next year. As per the memorandum of procedure, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had written to Justice Thakur to name his successor in November. Justice Thakur responded today by naming his number two as the next CJI of the top court.
Justice Khehar had assumed office as a Judge in the top court on September 13, 2011. He also led the constitution bench which held the NJAC Act unconstitutional.He was also a part of the bench which sent Sahara chief Subrata Roy to prison while hearing on the matter relating to the refund of money which had been invested invested by people in his two companies.
He headed a bench which gave the verdict holding that the principal of ‘equal pay for equal work’ has to be made applicable to those who work as daily wagers, casual and contractual employees who perform the same jobs as the regulars. Justice Khehar was a also member of the Judges Inquiry panel for investigating the grounds on which the removal of Justice P.D. Dinakaran, Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, has been sought.
Few days back, the Supreme Court collegium has reportedly decided to defer suggesting names for appointment of Judges to the apex court, till Justice J.S. Khehar takes charge on January 4, 2017. The collegium, after retirement of CJI Thakur would consist of Justice Khehar, Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B. Lokur.