The Chief Justice of India Justice S.K Takur has recommended his fellow colleague Justice J.S Kehar to be his successor in being the talisman of Indian judiciary. Justice J.S Kehar who will be sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of India was formerly the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, High Court of Uttarakhand and also Karnataka before being elevated to the Supreme Court bench on 2011. The lordship will be the first CJI from the Sikh community.
Justice Kehar, boasts a powerful CV, leading the five-judge Constitutional bench that decided to strike down the NJAC act which if implemented would have been the mechanism for appointment of judges in the judiciary. The 64 year old Justice born to an orthodox family in Punjab also a part of the bench that decided the case between SAHARA and its investors which ended up in him sentencing the multi millionaire chief of Sahara- Mr. Subrata Roy behind the bars. Justice Kehar is also known as the reincarnation of the late former Justice V.R Krishna Iyer for his astounding resemblance on the language of judgments and also his reasoning behind such benign observations with the former.
Justice Kehar promises a lot for the crisis- ridden Indian judiciary. It is with high hopes that the entire legal fraternity is looking upon the new guardian of the Constitution and the upholder of Rule of law. Justice Kehar, however, will be assuming the office only for a brief span of time, who is to swear in on the month of January and till his retirement eight months later.