Justice Palanisamy Sathasivam sworn in as Chief Justice of India
New Delhi, July 19, 2013
Mr Justice Palanisamy Sathasivam was sworn in as the 40th Chief Justice of India at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning.
He made and subscribed to the oath of office before President Pranab Mukherjee.
Mr Justice Sathasivam, 64, succeeded Mr Justice Altamas Kabir, who retired yesterday on attaining the age of 65.
Mr Justice Sathasivam is due to retire on April 26, 2014 and will, thus, have a tenure of about nine months in office.
Those who attended the ceremony included Vice-President M Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology and Law & Justice Kapil Sibal and Mr Justice Kabir.
Born on April 27, 1949, Mr Justice Sathasivam has B.A. and a B.L. degrees and had enrolled as an advocate on July 25, 1973 at Chennai.
He practiced in all types of writ, civil and criminal matters, company petitions, insolvency petitions, habeas corpus petitions both on original and appellate sides of the Madras High Court.
He worked as a Government Advocate, Additional Government Pleader and Special Government Pleader in the Madras High Court. He also worked as Legal Adviser for several State-owned transport corporations, municipalities, nationalized banks and so on.
He was appointed as a permanent Judge of the Madras High Court on January 8, 1996. He was transferred to the Punjab & Haryana High Court on April 20, 2007. He was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court on August 21, 2007.