Justice Altamas Kabir sworn in as new Chief Justice of India

     Justice Altamas Kabir, the most senior judge of the Supreme Court, was on Saturday sworn in as the 39th Chief Justice of India (CJI) by President Pranab Mukherjee. The swearing in ceremony of Justice Kabir at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here was attended by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani, outgoing Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia and several other dignitaries. Born on July 19, 1948 at Kolkata, Justice Kabir did his M.A. and LL.B. from University of Calcutta . He was enrolled at the Bar on August 1, 1973 and was made a permanent judge of Calcutta High Court on August 6, 1990. Justice Kabir assumed the office of acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court on January 11, 2005. He was elevated as Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court on March 1, 2005 and was made a judge of the Supreme Court of India on September 9, 2005. Justice Kabir was responsible for the computerization of the Calcutta High Court and the City Civil Court and other Courts in Kolkata. He was appointed as Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority on January 14, 2010. Justice Kabir's term will continue till July 18, 2013.

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