Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar: Took oath as 44th Chief Justice of India :- On Wednesday, Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar took oath as the 44th Chief Justice of India after the retirement of CJI TS Thakur. President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office and secrecy to Justice Kehar at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
In last month, CJI – T S Thakur had recommended the name of Justice Khehar, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, to be his successor.
Justice J S Khehar, 64, is the first Chief Justice of India from the Sikh community. Justice Thakur demitted office on Tuesday. New CJI Khehar will hold the post till 27th August 2017.
Justice Kehar 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.
On the occasion of Constitution Day on 26th November, Justice Khehar had responded to the tirade from Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi by saying the judiciary was working within its – lakshmanrekha.
After the function of oath ceremony, CJI J S Khehar said that Judiciary is mandated to shield all persons, citizens and non-citizens alike, against discrimination and abuse of State power. Liberty, equality and dignity of citizen have flourished substantially in India due to the pro-active role of judiciary in the country.