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Justice Tirath Singh Thakur: 43rd Chief Justice of India

Justice Tirath Singh Thakur took oath as the new Chief Justice of India on December 3, 2015 after nd Chief Justice of India). He is the 43rd Chief Justice of India.
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Brief History of Justice Tirath Singh Thakur

He was born on 04th January, 1952.
He was enrolled as a Pleader in October, 1972 and joined the Chamber of his father Late Shri D.D. Thakur, a leading Advocate and later, a Judge of High Court of J & K.
He practised in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Taxation and Service matters in the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir.
He was designated as a Senior Advocate in the year 1990.
He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court of J & K on 16th February, 1994 and transferred as Judge of the High Court of Karnataka in March, 1994.
He was appointed as a permanent Judge in September, 1995.
He was transferred as a Judge of the High Court of Delhi in July 2004.
He was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on 09 April 2008 and took over as Chief Justice of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana on August 11, 2008.
He was elevated as Judge of Supreme Court and assumed charge on 17 November 2009.
Justice Thakur has been associated with a host of significant judgments. He led the bench which had delivered the verdict on reforming the BCCI following the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal. The Justice Lodha Committee, which has issued a slew of recommendations relating to IPL and BCCI, had also been set up by his bench.

In February 2015, a bench headed by him ruled on the contours of Article 25, which prescribes freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion. It held that polygamy was not an integral part of any religion and that the State could regulate such practices in the interest of public order, health and morality.

By a judgment in 2014, Justice Thakur’s bench set a stricter scrutiny for those interested in joining police force. It ruled that any person who has faced a criminal case cannot get a job in the police force, even if he or she is acquitted or reaches a settlement under the law. “A candidate to be recruited to the police service must be worthy of confidence and must be a person of utmost rectitude and must have impeccable character and integrity. A person having criminal antecedents will not fit in this category,” it said.

In 2013, Justice Thakur’s bench made it compulsory for all the courts to determine the aspect of compensation for victims in every criminal case. Regretting the “neglect” of a legal provision on award of compensation to the victims of crimes, the bench headed by him, had sent its order to all high courts for intimation and strict compliance.

The bench headed by him is currently examining various important issues, including Ganga cleaning, Saradha chit fund scam case, NRHM scam, One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP) case, Sahara investors’ refund etc.

Justice Thakur will retire on 3rd January 2017

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