Jadgish Singh Khehar

Jadgish Singh Khehar

Former Chief Justice of India

Assumed Office4th Jan, 2017

Retired On27th Aug, 2017


Additional Advocate General to the State of Panjab 1992-

Acting Chief Justice 2008 & 2009

Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court 2009-

Age: 69

Tracked Cases: 3


L.L.B.Panjab University, Chandigarh


On 4 January 2017 J. J.S. Khehar forged history as the Supreme Court’s first Sikh Chief Justice. He spent six years at the Supreme Court including eight months as the Chief Justice.


Born in Nairobi, Kenya on 28 August 1952, J. Khehar acquired Indian citizenship in 1965. He attended Government Law College, Chandigarh in 1974 before attending law school in Panjab University, Chandigarh. Following his legal education, Justice Khehar enrolled as an advocate in 1979. He mainly practised in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Himachal Pradesh High Court and the Supreme Court of India. In addition to his legal practice, J. Khehar engaged with a teaching assignment at the Panjab University’s Law Faculty from 1982 to 1986.


In 1992 he was appointed as the Additional Advocate General to the State of Punjab in 1992 and was the Senior Standing Counsel for the Union Territory of Chandigarh. He was designated as a Senior Advocate in 1995.


After twenty years in the Bar, Justice Khehar was elevated to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 1999, where was the Acting Chief Justice on two occasions between 2008 and 2009. A decade after his initial appointment as a judge, he was elevated as the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court in November 2009 and was later transferred to the Karnataka High Court in August 2010. On 13 September 2011 J. Khehar got his final judicial assignment as a Supreme Court judge.


During his six-year term at the Supreme Court, Justice Thakur authored a total of 176 judgements He was most active in 2014 when he delivered 34 judgements and was a part of 63 benches.



In the six years of his tenure at the Supreme Court, Justice Khehar predominantly worked on criminal matters along with a mixture of civil, service and constitutional matters. He was involved in landmark cases around judicial appointments, the right to liberty and freedom of religion.



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