Justice T S Thakur will succeed Justice H L Dattu as Chief Justice of India after the latter retires on December 2. He is the senior-most judge of the apex court and his name was reportedly recommended to the government by Justice Dattu on Monday.
After the law ministry clears the file of Justice Thakur’s appointment, it would be sent to the Prime Minister’s Office. His Warrant of Appointment will be issued when the President clears it.
The 63-year-old Justice Thakur had headed the bench which delivered the verdict in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal in January this year. He is also heading the SC bench that is monitoring the Saradha chit fund scam case. He is also hearing the multi-crore rupee NRHM scam, in which ex-UP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha is an accused along with a number of politicians and bureaucrats.