The seniormost Supreme Court Judge, Justice Altamas Kabir, will become the 39th Chief Justice of India from September 29. CJI S. H. Kapadia, who is retiring on September 28, has formally recommended his name to the Government. It is a normal practice for the outgoing CJI to suggest the name of the next incumbent, based on seniority. Justice Kabir (64), who was appointed Supreme Court Judge on September 9, 2005, will have a tenure of over nine months as CJI. He has rendered several landmark judgments, particularly on human rights and election laws.
Justice Kabir, who hails from Kolkata, became Judge of the Calcutta High Court in 1990. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court on March 1, 2005.
He will retire on July 18, 2013.