Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar appointed Chief Justice of India

Newsroom24x7 Staff

next-chief-justice-of-indiaNew Delhi: In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President today appointed Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Judge of the Supreme Court, to be the Chief Justice of India with effect from 4 January, 2017.

The Chief Justice of India and the Judges of the Supreme Court are appointed by the President under clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution.

Appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the seniormost Judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office. The Union Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs seeks the recommendation of the outgoing Chief Justice of India for the appointment of the next Chief Justice of India.

Whenever there is any doubt about the fitness of the seniormost Judge to hold the office of the Chief Justice of India, consultation with
other Judges as envisaged in Article 124 (2) of the Constitution is made for appointment of the next Chief Justice of India.

After receipt of the recommendation of the Chief Justice of India, the Union Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs puts up the
recommendation to the Prime Minister who advises the President in the matter of appointment.

Profile of Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar

Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was born on August 28, 1952. After graduating in science from Government College, Chandigarh in 1974, he 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, he was awarded the Gold Medal for having stood first in the University.

Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar 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. He was appointed as Additional Advocate General, Punjab, in January 1992, and then as Senior Standing Counsel, Union Territory, Chandigarh. He was designated as Senior Advocate in February, 1995 and remained standing counsel for Universities of the area, Corporate Bodies and a large number of companies and cooperative organizations.

Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar appeared as counsel for 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.

Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was elevated to the Bench of High Court of Punjab and Haryana, at Chandigarh, on February 8, 1999. He was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court twice with effect from August 02, 2008, and again, with effect from November 17, 2009. He 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 Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar 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, Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar assumed office as Judge, Supreme Court on September 13, 2011.

Amounts exceeding ₹5000 in old notes can be deposited only once till 30 December

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currency notesNew Delhi: Five weeks after the Modi government announced the scrapping of the old ₹ 500 and ₹ 1000 notes, it has now been decided that amounts exceeding Rs.5000 in old notes can be deposited only once between now and 30 December, 2016.

The banks have been advised to conduct due diligence regarding the reasons for not depositing these notes earlier. Amounts of Rs.5000 or less may continue to be deposited with banks in the customer’s account, as at present. However, cumulative deposits exceeding Rs.5000 between 19 and 30 December this year will be as per the procedures advised by RBI in respect of deposits exceeding Rs.5000 as stated above.

The public has also been given the opportunity to make the payments towards tax, penalty, cess/surcharge and deposit under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) 2016 with the old bank notes of ₹ 500 and ₹ 1000 denomination till 30 December, 2016.

A number of representations had been received from District Cooperative Central Banks (DCCBs) to allow them to deposit with their linked currency chests the old ₹.500 and ₹1000 notes that had been collected by them between the 10 November and 14 November, 2016. An enabling notification to this effect has been issued. NABARD which supervises the DCCBs will conduct complete audit check of the Know Your Customer (KYC) documents of the individual customers who have deposited these notes or of the members of the Primary Agricultural Credit Society (PACS) that have deposited these notes. The details in this regard will be notified by RBI.

Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa will take over as IAF Chief on 31 December

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air-marshal-birendra-singh-dhanoaNew Delhi: Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, will takeover as Chief of Air Staff on 31 December 2016, on retirement of Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, PVSM AVSM VM ADC.

Air Marshal BS Dhanoa will be the 25th Chief of the IAF since independence. The appointment was formally announced on 17 December.

Air Marshal BS Dhanoa took over as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) on 01 June 2015. He was commissioned in the IAF in June 1978 as a fighter pilot. He is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

The Air Marshal has mainly flown the Kiran and MiG-21 aircraft with flying experience across the entire spectrum of fighter aircraft from the Jaguar to the state of the art MiG-29 & Su-30 MKI, with an immaculate record of flight safety throughout his distinguished career as a field commander.

The Air Marshal has many feathers in his cap. As Commanding Officer of a front line ground attack fighter squadron, he led the IAF punch during the ‘Limited War’ against Pakistan to evict the enemy from their ‘dug in’ defences in the icy heights of Kargil region. During the conflict, under his leadership and supervision, the squadron devised unique and innovative methods of bombing in the night at altitudes never before attempted in the history of Air Warfare. While prior to the war, the squadron, for its high degree of professionalism and peace time training had been adjudged as the best fighter squadron of HQ WAC, post the conflict it emerged as the most decorated IAF unit of Kargil War. The Air Marshal himself was awarded Vayu Sena Medal for his exceptional devotion to duty prior to the war and the coveted Yudh Seva Medal post war for his outstanding bravery and leadership during the conflict, both in the year 1999. His command tenure of a Forward (Fighter) Base Support Unit was equally illustrious with the base being adjudged as the best in maintenance despite being an FBSU and was runner-up for the Pride of SWAC Trophy. He also holds the highest flying instructional category in the IAF and was handpicked to establish the ‘IAF Training Team’ abroad.

The Air Marshal has the distinction of having held a number of significant staff appointments at Operational Commands, Joint Training Establishments and Air Headquarters. The appointments include Director Targeting Cell at Air Headquarters, Director Fighter Operations & War Planning at Headquarters Western Air Command, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air Headquarters, Senior Air Staff Officer of two Operational Commands (Eastern and Western) and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of South Western Air Command. He is presently the Vice Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force. During his staff tenure, he developed the aerial targeting philosophy against our potential adversaries and transformed the concepts of Air Operations of the Indian Air Force to contemporary war fighting practices of Air Power. The success of performance of IAF units during international exercises in United Kingdom and United States of America under his tenure as VCAS is evident by the fact that all aircraft travelled half way across the globe and still maintained 100% serviceability throughout the exercise. The Air Marshal is also an avid reader and writer of Air Power and Joint Operations. He has held the appointments of Senior Instructor (Air) and Chief Instructor (Air) at the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

In recognition for his meritorious Services he was awarded Yudh Seva Medal (YSM) & Vayusena Medal (VM) in 1999 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) in 2015 by the President of India. He was appointed Honorary ADC to the President of India on 01 Aug 15 and awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) in 2016 by the President of India.

He is married to Mrs. Kamalpreet and they have one son Jasman who is a law graduate