New Delhi: In a move that signalled the reign of superiority in Indian judiciary, Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, on Thursday, took oath as the new Chief Justice of India in a grand ceremony.
Thakur was recommended by current Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu, as his own successor. The new chief justice of India will function under the newly revived collegium system, which rejected the subjugation of the political leaders, as was prescribed in National Judicial Appointments Commission.
Justice Thakur was the senior most judge after Justice Dattu and it’s customary for the current CJI to recommend the name of his successor to the government. After the recommendation is made, the Law Ministry decides whether the candidate is suitable and then clears his name.
After clearance from the Ministry, the name then travels to the Prime Minister’s office and finally reaches the reaches the President. The warrant of appointment of the new CJI is only issued after the President gives his approval. Also Read: Justice T S Thakur to be next Chief Justice of India
The appointment of Thakur, on the recommendation of Dattu is a significant one, as it comes after a five judge constitution bench struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission, which recommended the constitution of a six member committee to overtake the task of appointing judges. Had the NJAC been upheld by the judges, CJI would have been appointed by the six member committee. Thakur, who has a reputation for patient, fair and detailed hearings of cases, will be the 43rd Chief Jusice of India.