On Wednesday 4th January, Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of India by the President. He is the first Sikh to hold the office. Known for his strong and decisive character, he has delivered many matchless judgments.
Here’s few things you need to know about him:
A. He studied law from Panjab University in 1977.
He completed his Masters in Law in 1979 from Panjab University. He was designated as Assistant Advocate General of Punjab in 1992.
B. He has served as Chief Justice of three High Courts.
He was appointed active Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2008 and 2009. He was appointed CJ of Uttrakhand High Court in 2009, and Karnataka High Court in 2010.In 2011, He was appointed as a Supreme Court Judge.
C. NJAC case:
Justice Khehar was a part of the 5-judge bench which declared the 99th Constitutional Amendment unconstitutional and void with a ratio of 4:1. He headed the bench. However, he did accept that the system of ‘judges appointing judges’ is not proper and invited the legislature to improve the system.
D. Definition of Sikh:
Heading a 3-judge bench in the case of Gurleen Kaur v/s State of Punjab, Justice Khehar gave a landmark judgment. Hearing the case on Sikh minority quota he said “Religion must be perceived as it is, and not as another would like it to be.”
E. Sahara Case:
Justice Khehar refused to budge when Sahara alleged the violation of principles of natural justice in delivering the earlier judgment which ordered Sahara to return Rs. 20000 crores to the investors. He refused to transfer the case to another bench as the counsel did not have any reasonable ground for allegation.
Justice Khehar will turn 65 on 28 August 2017. Thus, he has with himself a very short term as the Chief Justice of India and is set to retire on 27th August 2017.
We wish him all the luck.