He would have a tenure of little over seven months.

Justice Khehar sworn in as Chief Justice of IndiaPTI/file photo
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Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was sworn in as the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on Wednesday.

Khehar was administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Delhi: Justice J.S. Khehar takes oath as the New Chief Justice of India at President House. pic.twitter.com/dHbJWygE1I

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He succeeded Justice Tirath Singh Thakur. Khehar is the 44th CJI and also the first Sikh to hold the apex office.

He would have a tenure of little over seven months.

Khehar was the author of the judgment by a five-judge constitution bench that held the Constitution's 99th amendment "unconstitutional", paving way for the National Judicial Appointment Commission and the National Judicial Appointment Commission Act, 2014.

According to the Supreme Court registry, Khehar was born in August 28, 1952. He  graduated in science from Chandigarh Government College in 1974 and was awarded the LL.B degree by the Panjab University in 1977. he then acquired the LL. M. qualification from the same University two years later. He was awarded the Gold Medal for securing the highest rank in his university.

In the same year, he started practising in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh High Court, Shimla and the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi.

In January 1992, he was appointed as the Additional Advocate General, Punjab, and then later as Senior Standing Counsel for Union Territory, Chandigarh.

He was later elevated to the Bench of High Court of Punjab and Haryana in 1999 after he had defended Justice V. Ramaswami before the Judges Inquiry Committee in the matter of Ramaswami's removal. 

In his career, he has been appointed the acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court twice in the period of 2008-09 and was appointed as the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand in November, 2009. He was later transferred to Karnataka and assumed the office of Chief Justice of Karnataka in August, 2010.

He was also appointed as a member of the Judges Inquiry Committee for investigating removal of Justice PD Dinakaran.

He became a judge in the Supreme Court in 2011. 

(IANS inputs)