Justice Altamas Kabir to be next Chief Justice of India
Justice Altamas Kabir will be the new Chief Justice of India and will assume charge Sep 29, said official sources.
New Delhi: Justice Altamas Kabir will be the new Chief Justice of India and will assume charge Sep 29, said official sources on Thursday. Incumbent Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia will relinquish office Sep 28.
Born on July 19, 1948 at Kolkata, Justice Kabir did his LLB and MA from the University of Calcutta. He was enrolled at the Bar on Aug 1, 1973 and was made a permanent judge of Calcutta High Court on Aug 6, 1990.
Justice Kabir assumed the office of acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Jan 11, 2005. He was elevated as Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court on March 1, 2005 and became a judge of the Supreme Court of India on Sep 9, 2005.
Justice Kabir was responsible for the computerisation of the Calcutta High Court, the City Civil Court and other courts in Kolkata.
He was appointed as executive chairman of National Legal Services Authority on Jan 14, 2010.
He voiced concern that despite 42 percent of population comprising children, who can be a force for potential progress in future, not much has been achieved for them and many face the problem of drug addiction.
Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir said that the upsurge and protest that took place in the wake of the 16 December gangrape incident as "fully justified" and "absolutely necessary".
Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir today cautioned against lynch-mob mentality and promised swift justice in cases of sexual offences against women.