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Tirath Singh Thakur
Justice T. S. Thakur
43rd Chief Justice of India
In office
3 December 2015 – 4 January 2017
Appointed byPranab Mukherjee
Preceded byH. L. Dattu
Succeeded byJagdish Singh Khehar
Judge of the Supreme Court of India
In office
17 November 2009 – 2 December 2015
Appointed byPratibha Patil
Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court
In office
11 August 2008 – 16 November 2009
Appointed byPratibha Patil
Preceded byVijender Jain
Succeeded byMukul Mudgal
Judge of the Delhi High Court
In office
July 2004 – 10 August 2008
Appointed byA. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Judge of the Karnataka High Court
In office
5 March 1994 – July 2004
Appointed byShankar Dayal Sharma
Judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court
In office
16 February 1994 – 4 March 1994
Appointed byShankar Dayal Sharma
Personal details
Born (1952-01-04) 4 January 1952 (age 72)
Ramban, Jammu and Kashmir, India
WebsiteSupreme Court of India

Tirath Singh Thakur (born 4 January 1952) is an Indian jurist who served as the 43rd Chief Justice of India (CJI) from 3 December 2015 to 4 January 2017. Before being elevated to the Supreme Court, he served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court from August 2008 to November 2009 .He has also served as a senior judge in Karnataka High Court from March 1994 to July 2004 and Jammu and Kashmir High Court from February to March 1994.

Early life and education

Thakur graduated from Govt. Gandhi Memorial Science College and completed law from Department of Law Jammu University.


Tirath Singh Thakur enrolled as a pleader in October 1972 and joined the chamber of his father Late Shri Devi Das Thakur, former governor of Assam a leading advocate and later, a judge of High Court of J & K. Justice T. S. Thakur practised in civil, criminal, constitutional, taxation and service matters in the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir.[citation needed]

He was designated as a senior advocate in 1990. He was appointed an additional judge of the High Court of J & K on 16 February 1994 and transferred as judge of the High Court of Karnataka in March 1994. He was appointed a permanent judge in September 1995. He was transferred as a judge of the High Court of Delhi in July 2004.[citation needed]

He was appointed acting chief justice of the Delhi High Court on 9 April 2008 and took over as the chief justice of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana on 11 August 2008. He was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court and assumed charge on 17 November 2009.[1]

Chief Justice of India

President Pranab Mukherjee administering the oath of office of Chief Justice of India to Justice Thakur, at a swearing in ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 3 December 2015

He was appointed Chief Justice of India on 18 November 2015 assuming office on 3 December 2015,[2] succeeding Justice H. L. Dattu who retired as CJI on 2 December 2015, on turning 65 years of age. He was sworn in by President Pranab Mukherjee. He retired on 4 January 2017 after reaching age 65.[3]

In April 2016, he lamented the inaction by the government in increasing the number of judges.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Chief Justice of India & Sitting Hon'ble Judges Justice T.S. Thakur". Supreme Court of India portal.
  2. ^ "TS Thakur to be next Chief Justice of India | India News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "Justice TS Thakur sworn in as Chief Justice of India". The Economic Times. 3 December 2015.
  4. ^ "An overworked Chief Justice TS Thakur breaks down in front of PM Modi". TNN & Agencies. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Overburdened yet overactive, India's courts are failing to do justice". The Economist. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.