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Jagdish Singh Khehar (born 28 August 1952) is the 44th and current Chief Justice of India (CJI).[1][2] Khehar is the first CJI from the Sikh community. He has been a judge in Supreme Court of India since 13 September 2011 and will retire on 27 August 2017 upon superannuation.[3]

The Honourable
Chief Justice

Jagdish Singh Khehar
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India
Assumed office
4 January 2017
Appointed by President of India
Preceded by T. S. Thakur
Judge of the Supreme Court of India
Assumed office
13 September 2011
Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court
In office
8 August 2010 – 12 September 2011
Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court
In office
29 November 2009 – 7 August 2010
Personal details
Born (1952-08-28) 28 August 1952 (age 64)
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Punjab University, Chandigarh
Occupation Judge
Religion Sikhism

Notable judgementsEdit

As an aftermath of Supreme Court's landmark decision in the 2G spectrum scam, Govt of India filed a Presidential reference before the Supreme Court. Justice Khehar gave a separate concurring opinion in which he warned that the government should not be under erroneous impression that it is not necessary to allocate natural resources through auction.[4]

No part of the natural resource can be dissipated as a matter of largess, charity, donation or endowment, for private exploitation. Each bit of natural resource expended must bring back a reciprocal consideration.

— Justice J. S. Khehar, Supreme Court of India, [4]

Heading a three-judge bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Khehar decided a case involving definition of a Sikh. He held that religion must be perceived as it is, and not as another would like it to be.[5]

Bribery controversyEdit

In 2017, the Committee on Judicial Accountability published the suicide note written by former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Kalikho Pul.

In the note,[6] Pul claimed that Khehar had demanded ₹49 crore (Para 15.22, Page 39) and ₹31 crore (Para 15.27, Page 41) in bribes from Pul for delivering a favourable verdict.

The Committee on Judicial Accountability has demanded a probe in the matter.[7]

In yet another controversy involving CJI Khehar, High Court Judge C.S. Karnan ordered a psychological evaluation of Khehar.[8] On May 8, 2017 C S Karnan ordered a punishment of 5 years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine worth Rs. 1 lakh on Jagdish Khehar.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar - Profile". Supreme Court of India. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "J S Khehar may become 1st Sikh Chief Justice of India in 2017". Day & Night News. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Justice J.S. Khehar appointed as 44th Chief Justice of India". The Hindu. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Natural resources cannot be dissipated as charity: SC judge". First Post. Sep 27, 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Justice Khehar had defined Sikh identity". The Times of India. Sep 12, 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Former CM Kalikho Pul's suicide note" (PDF). 
  7. ^ "CJAR covering note along with Mr. Kalikho Pul, former Arunachal Pradesh CM's complete suicide note (without redactions) – Campaign for Judicial Accountability & Judicial Reforms". Retrieved 2017-02-21. 
  8. ^ "SC sentences Justice Karnan to 6 months in prison". NewsBytes. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  9. ^ "Karnan's revenge- 8 SC Judges slapped with rigorous imprisonment, fine". NewsBytes. Retrieved 2017-05-09.