Supreme Court judge Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar will be the next Chief Justice of India. His name has been recommended by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur.

In November, the Law Ministry had requested Chief Justice Thakur, whose term ends on January 3, to recommend a successor.

Justice Khehar, 64, will be the 44th Chief Justice of India and will take up office on January 4.

Justice Khehar was appointed as a Supreme Court Judge in September 2011. He has held office as the Chief Justice of Karnataka and Uttarakhand High Courts.

Justice Khehar, who will be sworn in on January 4, will hold the tenure for over seven months till August 27, 2017.

Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who led the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court which had struck down the controversial NJAC Act for appointment of judges, was on Tuesday recommended as the 44th Chief Justice of India.

Besides heading the bench in NJAC matter, Justice Khehar has also headed a bench which had set aside the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh in January this year.

He was also a part of the bench which sent Sahara chief Subrata Roy to jail while hearing the matter relating to the refund of money invested by people in his two companies.