New Delhi: Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia, the most senior judge in the Supreme Court, has been appointed the next Chief Justice of India (CJI).
He will take over from incumbent Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan on 21 May, an official statement on Friday said.
The 62-year-old Kapadia’s warrant of appointment, signed by President Pratibha Patil, has been sent to the Supreme Court registry, officials said.
As per norms laid down under the Memorandum of Procedure, which governs the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, Balakrishnan had earlier in April recommended Kapadia as his successor.
Born on 29 September 1947, Kapadia enrolled as an advocate in September 1974.
Appointed as an additional judge of the Bombay high court in October 1991, Kapadia was elevated as a permanent judge in the same high court in March 1993.