Tirath Singh Thakur

Tirath Singh Thakur

Former Chief Justice of India

Assumed Office17th Nov, 2019

Retired On4th Jan, 2017

Previously

Additional Judge of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir February 1994-

Permanent Judge of the High Court of Karnataka September 1995-

Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court April 2008-

Chief Justice of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana August 2008-

Judge of the Supreme Court November 2009- 2015

Age: 69

Tracked Cases: 3

Education

L.L.B.Jammu University

Profile

Justice Tirath Singh Thakur spent seven years at the Supreme Court including a year as the Chief Justice.

 

Born on 4 January 1952 at Ramban, Jammu and Kashmir, J. Thakur studied law from Jammu University. His legal practice began at his father, Mr. Devi Das Thakur’s chamber. J. Thakur litigated on various civil, criminal, constitutional, taxation and service matters in the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir. He was subsequently appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir in February 1994.

 

In March 1994, he was transferred to the High Court of Karnataka and was appointed as a permanent Judge in September 1995. Nine years later, in 2004 he was transferred to the High Court of Delhi. Justice Thakur was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court in April 2008. He took over as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana in August 2008.

 

Justice Thakur was elevated to the Supreme Court on 17 November 2009. After six years as a judge at the Supreme Court, he succeeded former Chief Justice H. L. Dattu. He was appointed as the 43rd Chief Justice of India on 3 December 2015.

 

During his tenure as the Chief Justice of India, he appealed to the Union Government to decrease the burden of the judiciary in disposing cases. And appoint more judges and improve the infrastructure of courts. He attributed the delay in disposing cases to the lack of adequate resources and infrastructure.

 

Justice Thakur authored a total of 246 judgements during his seven-year tenure at the Supreme Court. He was most active in 2014 when he delivered 46 judgements and was a part of 148 benches.

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J. Thakur predominantly heard criminal matters along with civil matters, service-related cases and constitutional issues. In 2013, a Ponzi scheme (Saradha chit fund) collapsed and gained national traction. This triggered a bench headed by Justice Thakur to order the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate into Ponzi schemes in Odisha.

In 2014, J. Thukar’s judgement in BCCI v. Cricket Board of Bihar made the world’s largest cricket body, the BCCI, accountable and transparent. BCCI played a public function and no office bearers of the BCCI must have any commercial interest in cricket, the judgment held. He ordered the constitution of the RM Lodha Committee for the restructuring of the BCCI. Two days before his retirement (January 2017) a bench headed by Justice Thakur ordered the removal of the then BCCI president for failing to implement the reforms drafted by the RM Lodha Committee.

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