New Delhi: The process for appointment of the next chief justice of India (CJI) has begun with incumbent H.L. Dattu recommending the name of justice T.S. Thakur to the government, the Times of India reported first on Wednesday.

Thakur is the seniormost judge after Dattu, who retires on 2 December. Once the recommendation gets approved, Thakur will become the forty-third chief justice of India.

According to the memorandum on the process of appointments of the Chief Justice of India and the Supreme Court judges, the seniormost judge, “considered fit to hold the office", is generally selected for the post of the CJI.

The Union law minister seeks the recommendation from the incumbent CJI, according to this memorandum. The name is then put before the Prime Minister, who advises the President with regard to the appointment.

Thakur is set to retire on 3 January 2017, and as CJI, will hold office for thirteen months.

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