The alumni of Panjab University have never failed to amuse the country with their knowledge and talent. This is to be remembered specially when PU Alumnus and Professor, Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar has been sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of India (CJI) on January 4th, 2017. He shall be the Chief Justice of India for a tenure of seven months, and will retire from the Supreme Court on August 28, 2017.
A graduate in science from Government College, Chandigarh, he has also done LLB and LLM from Panjab University, Chandigarh and owns a gold medal for the same.
Justice Khehar spent his years as an advocate mainly in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and in Himachal Pradesh High Court. While he also visited the Supreme Court of India as a counsel, Justice Khehar remained in the Northern States more often. Having served as the Chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court twice in 2008 and 2009, it is fair to say that His Lordship is one of the brightest legal minds in the nation.
Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar has been known for his pro-active approach towards decision making, and the similar translated in his decisions regarding the 2G scam when he quoted, “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.”
Heading a three-judge bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Jagdish Singh 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.
It is a moment of pride for all of us that Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar has been elected as the honorable Chief Justice of India, and we are sure that he will carry forward his legacy of equality and justice.
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A stout believer of the doctrine of karma, and definitely an optimist. Bhavya suffers from a childhood syndrome, of laughing at serious situations and the same translates in her writings in the form of disastrous wit. Food, music and books are the definition of immense happiness.