ProMASS: Jan 04, 2017: Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was today sworn-in as the 44th Chief Justice of India. President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office and secrecy to Justice Khehar at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan this morning. He replaced Justice TS Thakur whose tenure ended yesterday. Justice Khehar’s tenure will be till the 27th of August this year.
Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, many Union Ministers, Judges of Supreme court and High courts were present on the occasion among others. Justice Khehar had led the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court which struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act for appointment of judges. He had also headed a bench which set aside the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh in January. Justice Khehar was also part of the bench which sent Sahara Chief Subrata Roy to jail.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court had once again dismissed a plea challenging the appointment of Justice Khehar as CJI, saying it is in the public interest that the curtain should be brought down. The court had dismissed two similar pleas filed in the past fortnight challenging his appointment.
Courtesy: AIR NEWS