The President appointed Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, the country’s first CJI from the Sikh community as the 44th Chief Justice of India from January 4, 2017. Justice Khehar will have a short tenure of a little over seven months — from January 4 till August 28. This appointment follows the tradition of the CJI being succeeded by the senior-most judge in the Supreme Court.
Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, led the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court which had struck down the controversial NJAC Act for appointment of judges. Besides heading the bench in NJAC matter, Justice Khehar has also headed a bench which had set aside the imposition of President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh in January. He 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.
Justice Khehar also headed a bench which recently gave a significant verdict holding that the principal of 'equal pay for equal work' has to be made applicable to those engaged as daily wagers, casual and contractual employees who perform the same duties as the regulars.
Justice Khehar did LLB and LLM from Punjab University, Chandigarh. Before being elevated as a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court at Chandigarh on February 8, 1999, Justice Khehar had practised before it as well as the Himachal Pradesh High Court and the Supreme Court.
He was twice appointed as the acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court from August 2, 2008, and again from 17 November, 2009.
He was elevated as Chief Justice of Uttrakhand High Court on 29 November, 2009. Later he was transferred as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.
Justice Khehar was elevated as judge of the Supreme Court on 13 September, 2011.