Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur on Tuesday recommended the senior-most pusine judge in the Supreme Court, Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, as his successor and the 44th Chief Justice of India.
Justice Khehar, who led the Constitution Bench which scrapped the government’s National Judicial Appointments Commission law, will be the first Chief Justice from the Sikh community. He will be sworn in on January 4 and will hold the post for over seven months till August 27, 2017.
Justice Khehar had also headed a bench which set aside the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh in January this year. He was a part of the bench that sent Sahara chief Subrata Roy to jail, while hearing the matter relating to the refund of money invested by people in his two companies.
He headed the bench that recently gave the significant verdict that the principle of “equal pay for equal work” must be made applicable to daily wagers and casual and contractual employees.
He had recently said that the judiciary would remain within its ‘Lakshman Rekha,’ provided the Executive and the Legislature follow constitutional norms and principles.