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Justice Sarosh Kapadia appointed as next CJI

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Justice S. H. Kapadia
Justice S. H. Kapadia

The President has appointed Mr Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI) with effect from the forenoon of May 12.

Mr Justice is the seniormost Judge in the Supreme Court of India after the current CJI, Mr Justice K G Balakrishnan, who will reach the age of superannuation on May 12.

The President has also appointed Mr Justice Hemant Laxman Gokhale, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, Ms Justice Gyan Sudha Misra, Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court, and Mr Justice Anil Ramesh Dave, Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court as Judges of the Supreme Court.

Their appointments, in that order of seniority, will be effective from the dates they assume charge of their offices.

Born on September 29, 1947, Mr Justice Kapadia had enrolled as an advocate on September 10, 1974 and practised in the Bombay High Court, both on the Original Side and Appellate Side. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court on October 8, 1991 and as a Permanent Judge on March 23, 1993.

Mr Justice Kapadia was appointed as Chief Justice of the Uttaranchal High Court on August 5, 2003 before being elevated to the Bench of the Supreme Court of India on December 12 in the same year. He is due to retire on September 29, 2012.

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