P Sathasivam Appointed as New Chief Justice of India

P Sathasivam Appointed be the Next Chief Justice of India

P. Sathasivam on 29th June, 2013 was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India after he justified the Collegiums System of appointment of Judges. The 64 year old Sathasivam will succeed the incumbent Chief Justice of India, Altamas Kabir, who will superannuate on 18th July, 2013 from his office.

Sathasivam will be the 40th Chief Justice of India ( CJI ) and his appointment to the post has been approved by Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India.

About P Sathasivam New Chief Justice of India

  • He was appointed as a Supreme Court judge on 21st August, 2007.
  • As the 40th CJI, he will serve the nation till his 26th April, 2014.
  • In January 1996, he joined Madras high court as a permanent judge.
  • In April 2007, he was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana high court.
  • He was born on 27th April, 1949.
  • P. Sathasivam is a B.A., B.L.
  • He was enrolled as an advocate on 25th July, 1973 at Madras.
  • He has practiced in all types of Writ, Civil and Criminal matters, Company Petition, Insolvency Petitions, Habeas Corpus Petitions both on Original and Appellate sides of the Madras High Court.
  • He has served as Government Advocate, Additional Government Pleader, Special Government Pleader in the Madras High Court.
  • He has also worked as Legal Adviser for several State owned Transport Corporations, Municipalities, Nationalized Banks.

Supreme Court of India

The Supreme Court is the highest court of appeal as established by Part V, Chapter IV of the Indian Constitution and Article 124 to 147 states about the composition of Supreme Court of India. Supreme Court of India consists of one Chief Justice and 31 judges. The bench that comprises 2 or 3 judges is termed as a Division Bench and the one that bench that consists of five or more judges is termed to be a Constitutional Bench.

Tenure and qualification of Judges in Supreme Court

President appoints the judges of the Supreme Court and the retirement age of these judges is 65. For being a judge or chief justice of a Supreme Court one must fulfill the following qualifications :

  1. He must be an Indian Citizen.
  2. Should have served the High Court as its Judge for at least 5 years.
  3. He should have served the high court as its advocate for a period of 10 years.

In case their occurs a vacancy in the CJI office due to any reason, the president appoints the acting Chief Justice as the Chief Justice of India from amongst the judges of the Supreme Court. The salaries and other allowances of the Judges in India are charged from the Consolidated Fund of India.

Salary Structure for Chief Justice of India

  • Chief Justice of Supreme Court : 1 Lakh
  • Other Judges of SC : 90000/-

Removal of Supreme Court Judges

The Judge can be removed from India on certain ground that includes incapacity to hold the office or proven misbehavior. They can be removed only after the resolution of both the houses of Indian Parliament that is supported by the majority of two-third of the members voting and present.

The two judges against whom the proceeding was initiated :

  • V Ramaswami in 1993 was the first judge against whom the proceedings were initiated.
  • Soumitra Sen in 2011 was the second judge against whom these proceedings were initiated.