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Justice Sarosh Kapadia sworn in as new Chief Justice of India

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President Pratibha Patil administering the oath of office of Chief Justice of India to Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia, at a Swearing-in Ceremony, in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on May 12, 2010.
President Pratibha Patil administering the oath of office of Chief Justice of India to Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia, at a Swearing-in Ceremony, in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on May 12, 2010.

Mr Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of India at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here this morning.

He made and subscribed to the oath of office before President Pratibha Patil.

Mr Justice Kapadia succeeded Mr Justice K G Balakrishnan, who retired from office on reaching the age of superannuation.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the outgoing Chief Justice and Law and Justice Minister M Veerappa Moily.

Among the others present were ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Defence Minister A K Antony.

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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