Chief Justice of India T S Thakur has nominated Justice J S Khehar as the one to succeed him. While there is still some process left before Justice Kehar can become the 44th Chief Justice of India. Currently a judge in the Supreme Court of India, he had been involved in some major judgments passed in the past few years including the 2G spectrum scam and the case against Sahara chief Subrata Roy.
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Born in August 28, 1952, Khehar graduated from Government College, Chandigarh in 1974 and went on to acquire LLB and LLM degrees from Panjab University. Post his education, he practised law in Punjab and Haryana High Court, Himachal Pradesh High Court and the Supreme Court of India. Previously, he served as the Chief Justice of High Court of Karnataka and High Court of Uttarakhand and as the Acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court.
If he becomes Chief Justice of India, Khehar will be the first from the Sikh community. In fact, he has in the past passed a landmark judgment defining Sikh identity. Speaking on the issue of retaining hair unshorn by the Sikhs, he had laid out that once a religious aspect is considered fundamental to the community’s beliefs by the followers of the religion, it has to be followed without paying heed to science and logic.
In recent times, Khehar was part of the bench that had decided to not impose President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh. He was also heading the bench that gave the historic verdict of ‘equal pay for equal work’ for those working as daily wage earners, casual and contractual employees.