Justice Tirath Singh Thakur was sworn in as the 43rd Chief Justice of India. President Pranab Mukherjee administered him the oath of the office.
Thakur, who has a tenure of 13 months, succeeds Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, who retired on December 2. Chief Justice Thakur is due to retire on January 4, 2017.
The swearing -in ceremony was attended by Vice-president Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, prominent leaders from various parties and legal luminaries.
Justice T S Thakur has said the appointment of judges will be his biggest challenge.
Born on January 4, 1952, Thakur was enrolled as a pleader in October, 1972 and joined his father D.D. Thakur, a leading Advocate who later remained a Judge of High Court of J & K. Thakur 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. On February 16, 1994, he was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court of J & K and was transferred as Judge of the High Court of Karnataka in March, 1994.
Justice Thakur was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court in April 2008. He 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 November 17, 2009. He also remained chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).