- Name : Hon'ble Mr. Jagdish Singh Khehar
- Position : Chief Justice of India
Current Patron in Chief
His Lordship was born on August 28, 1952. After graduating in science from Government College, Chandigarh in 1974, His Lordship was awarded the LL.B degree by the Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1977, he then acquired the LL. M. qualification from the same University in 1979, for the latter qualification, His Lordship was awarded the Gold Medal for having stood first in the University.
His Lordship was enrolled as an Advocate in 1979 and practiced mainly in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh High Court, Shimla and the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. His Lordship was appointed as Additional Advocate General, Punjab, in January 1992, and then as Senior Standing Counsel, Union Territory, Chandigarh. His Lordship was designated as Senior Advocate in February, 1995. His Lordship remained standing counsel for Universities of the area, Corporate Bodies and a large number of companies and cooperative organizations.
His Lordship appeared as counsel for Mr. M. Krishnaswamy, M.P. (from the Arani constituency in Tamil Nadu), in the defence of Mr. Justice V. Ramaswami, then Judge of the Supreme Court of India, before the Judges Inquiry Committee (comprising of Mr. Justice P.B. Sawant, then Judge Supreme Court of India; Chief Jutice Mr. P.D. Desai of the Bombay High Court; and Mr. Justice O. Chinnappa Reddy, former Judge of the Supreme Court of India) constituted to investigate the grounds on which the removal of Justice V. Ramaswami was sought.
His Lordship was elevated to the Bench of High Court of Punjab and Haryana, at Chandigarh, on February 8, 1999. His Lordship was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court twice i.e., with effect from August 02, 2008, and again, with effect from November 17, 2009. His Lordship was elevated as Chief Justice of the High Court of Uttarakhand, at Nainital, on November 29, 2009 and thereafter he was transferred as Chief Justice of High Court of Karnataka, where he assumed his office on August 8, 2010.
By a notification dated May 20, 2010 the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha appointed His Lordship as a member of the Judges Inquiry Committee for investigating the grounds on which the removal of Mr. Justice P.D. Dinakaran, Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, has been sought.
On appointment as Judge of the Supreme Court of India, he assumed office as Judge, Supreme Court on September 13, 2011.
He is due to retire from Supreme Court on August 28, 2017