New Delhi: After a brief term of nine months, Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir will retire from the post on Thursday.
Justice Kabir was appointed CJI on September 29 last year. He was appointed a Supreme Court Judge on September 9, 2005.
He rendered several landmark judgments in the Supreme Court, especially those relating to human rights and election laws.
A stickler for discipline, procedures and rules, Justice Kabir had endeared himself to members of the Bar and the Bench with his humility. Like his predecessor S.H. Kapadia, he was reticent; throughout his tenure as Chief Justice, he avoided meeting journalists.
Kabir was born in a Bengali Muslim family. His father, Jehangir Kabir was a leading Congress politician and trade union leader from West Bengal who served as a Minister in the B C Roy and P C Sen ministries and also went on to become a minister in the first non-Congress government in West Bengal in 1967 with Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee as the Chief Minister of West Bengal.
Justice Kabir studied law at the University of Calcuta, Kolkata. He was then admitted to the bar in 1973 and practiced civil and criminal law in Kolkata at the district court and the Calcutta High Court, Kolkata. He was made a permanent judge of Calcutta High Court on August 6, 1990.
He became the Acting Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court on 3 January 2005, an elevation made permanent on March 1, 2005. He was elevated to the Supreme Court of India as Justice on September 9, 2005. On September 29, 2012 he became the 39th Chief Justice of India.
Supreme court Judge P Sathasivam will be appointed as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI).
President Pranab Mukherjee had given his nod for the appointment of Sathasivam as the next Chief Justice.