He will take oath on December 3. The senior-most judge of the Apex Court, Justice Thakur (63) will take over from incumbent Justice HL Dattu who retires on December 2. "In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, Judge of the Supreme Court, to be the Chief Justice of India with effect from December 3, 2015," a Law Ministry statement said.

Born on January 4, 1952, he would have a tenure as CJI for a little over one year and would retire on January 4, 2017. Justice Thakur was designated as a senior advocate in 1990.

On February 16, 1994, he was appointed as an additional judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and transferred as a judge of the Karnataka High Court in March, 1994.

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