Justice Altamas Kabir sworn in as new Chief Justice of India

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Justice A.Kabir sworn in as
 Chief Justice of India by Indian
 President Pranab Mukherjee 
New Delhi: Justice Altamas Kabir, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court sworn in as the 39th Chief Justice of India on Saturday.

Justice Kabir, 64, who succeeds Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia  will serve a tenure of nine months till July next year.

Justice Kabir prominent judge of the Supreme Court has delivered several landmark judgments including those on human rights and election laws.

Mr. Kabir’s appointment came as S.H. Kapadia’s who delivered several landmark verdicts including on appointment of CVC Chief, bid adieu on Friday at the Supreme Court. 

Speaking at a farewell function organised for Justice Kapadia on Friday at the Supreme Court premises, Justice Kabir described the former as a man full of wisdom, self-imposed discipline and loved by many people as he stood by what he decided and is a true replica of Abraham Lincoln.

Justice Kabir recalled that once Justice Kapadia said "integrity is his only asset". He said that can be the catchline but he had qualities which were much more than integrity as a judge.

Born on September 29, 1947 Kapadia started his career as a class IV employee. He later became a law clerk with a lawyer's office in Mumbai. Kapadia joined Gagrat & Co, a law firm, as a clerk and later went on to work with Feroze Damania who was a highly respected "firebrand" labour lawyer.

He was appointed as an additional judge of the Bombay High Court on 8 October 1991 and on 23 March 1993 he was appointed as a permanent judge. On 18 December 2003 he was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court. On 12 May 2010 he was sworn in as the Chief Justice of India by the President Pratibha Patil.

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