President Pranab Mukherjee has cleared the appointment of P Sathasivam as the next chief justice of India (CJI) on Friday evening. The governments notification appointing Sathasivam as the 40th CJI is expected on Saturday.
The Law Ministry had proposed Sathasivams name on June 24,which was approved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on June 27.
Sathasivam was elevated to the Supreme Court in August 2007 from the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He will take over from incumbent Altamas Kabir,who is due to retire on July 19. The new chief justice will have 9-month tenure before he retires in April 2014.
The announcement of the new chief justice comes ahead of the Supreme Court collegium meeting on July 2.
Sathasivams tenure as the chief justice is likely to oversee crucial judicial reforms as the government has announced its intention to do away with the system of Supreme Court collegium appointing the judges.
It also proposes to form a Judicial Appointment Commission that will pave the way for the executive to have a say in the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and High Courts.