The president Pranab Mukherjee on Monday appointed Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar as the 44th Chief Justice of India from January 4, 2017. Khehar, who led the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court, will replace Justice TS Thakur as the top judge. Thakur will be demitting office on January 3, 2017.
The Chief Justice of India, the highest authority in the judiciary, is appointed on seniority basis, on the recommendation of the incumbent Chief Justice. Jagdish Singh Khekar name was recommended to the government as senior most officer next to Chief Justice TS Thakur. As Chief Justice, Khehar will have a tenure of over seven months as he would be retiring on 28 August, 2017.