New Delhi, Dec 6: Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of India and will replace incumbent CJI T.S. Thakur when he retires on January 4, 2017. As he takes the position of the 44th Chief Justice of India next month, let us look at 5 things we need to know about the new CJI. Also Read - Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi May be BJP's Assam CM Candidate, Party Happy For Ram Mandir Verdict, Says Tarun Gogoi

Besides Khehar, the Supreme Court collegium after January 3 will comprise of Justice Dipak Mishra, Justice Jasti Chelameshwar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B. Lokur. Justice Khehar has also been recently appointed as the new Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) by the Government. Also Read - 'Will Speak in Detail After Taking Oath', Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Accepting Rajya Sabha Nomination

5 things to know about Justice J.S. Khehar Also Read - Justice SA Bobde To Take Oath As Chief Justice Today

  1. He was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court by former President of India, Pratibha Patil in the year 2011.
  2. Prior to that, he held the office as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court  from August 8 2010 to September 12, 2011.
  3. He also served as the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court from November 29, 2009 – August 7, 2010.
  4.  In the 2G spectrum scam, he gave a separate concurring opinion-

    No part of the natural resource can be dissipated as a matter of largess, charity, donation or endowment, for private exploitation. Each bit of natural resource expended must bring back a reciprocal consideration.

5. He also headed a three-judge bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court, he decided  a case which involved defining the Sikh identity, and said that religion must be perceived as it is, and not as another would like it to be.