President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday cleared the appointment of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar as the next Chief Justice of India.
Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar will the first first person from Sikh community to ever hold the post of CJI, third most important post in India after President and Prime Minister.
The process for Justice Khehar's appointment as the next CJI was set in motion by incumbent CJI TS Thakur, who wrote to the Union government on Tuesday recommending his appointment as the next CJI.
This is in sync with the tradition of the CJI being succeeded by the senior most judge in the Supreme Court. Justice Khehar will be sworn in as the next CJI on January 4 as Justice Thakur retires on January 3.
Justice Khehar will have a short tenure of a little over seven months — from January 4 till August 28.