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Meet Justice T S Thakur, man behind the verdict on reforming BCCI

The law ministry will forward the file of Justice Thakur's appointment to the Prime Minister's Office. His Warrant of Appointment will be issued after the President approves it.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi |
Updated: November 5, 2015 10:08:13 am
Justice T S Thakur, New CJI, H L Dattu, Justice Thakur new CJI, Supreme Court CJI FILE: Justice T S Thakur at Inauguration of E-Library at SCBA Library. (Source: YouTube screen-grab)

Justice T S Thakur would succeed Justice H L Dattu as the next Chief Justice of India on December 2. Dattu will demit office next month. Justice Thakur, the senior-most judge of the apex court, would be the 43rd CJI.

His name was recommended to the government by the current CJI Justice H L Dattu on Monday. It has been a convention for the sitting CJI to recommend the name of the senior-most judge as his successor a month before retirement.

READ: T S Thakur to succeed H L Dattu as new Chief Justice of India

The law ministry will forward the file of Justice Thakur’s appointment to the Prime Minister’s Office. His Warrant of Appointment will be issued after the President approves it.

Justice Thakur, who was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court in November 2009, will have a tenure of little over one year. He would retire on January 4, 2017.

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Justice Thakur, 63, has been associated with a host of significant judgments. He led the bench which had delivered the verdict on reforming the BCCI following the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal.

In February 2015, a bench headed by him held that polygamy was not an integral part of any religion and that the State could regulate such practices in the interest of public order, health and morality.

By a judgment in 2014, Justice Thakur’s bench ruled that any person who has faced a criminal case cannot get a job in the police force, even if he or she is acquitted or reaches a settlement under the law.

In 2013, Justice Thakur’s bench made it compulsory for all the courts to determine the aspect of compensation for victims in every criminal case. The first-ever official exercise to map the drug menace in India was also carried out on the orders of the bench headed by Justice Thakur in 2012.

The bench headed by him is currently examining various important issues, including Ganga cleaning, Saradha chit fund scam case, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam, One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP) case, Sahara investors’ refund, Army promotion policy, prisoners of war, plantations in Taj Trapezium Zone etc.

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