Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar took over as the 44th Chief Justice of India on the morning of January 4. He was administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan . He succeeded Justice TS Thakur whose tenure of 13months ended on January 3.
Justice Khehar, the first Chief Justice from the Sikh community would have a tenure of nearly seven months till August 27.
Often known as a no-nonsense judge, Justice Khehar was a part of the bench that jailed Sahara chief Subrata Roy for not refunding money as ordered to him. Since he became a Supreme Court judge, he had delivered several high-profile judgments.
He also headed the bench that announced status quo ante in Arunachal Pradesh and hence revived the Congress in the region last year.
Son of a Kenyan migrant, he came to India when his father resolved to return to his roots. Having keen interest in academics, he did his¬†LLB and LLM from Punjab University, Chandigarh and received Gold Medal for securing first position in the university in LL.M exams.