List of Chief Justices of Supreme Court in India


Appointment :
The chief Justice of India is appointed by the President. Other Judges of the Supreme Court are appointed by the president in consultation with the chief justice. He may also consult other judges of the Supreme Court and high Courts while appointing a judge to the Supreme Court.

Tenure : Judges of the Supreme Court can hold office up to the age of 65 years.

Qualification : Any citizen of India who has been a judge of a High Court for 5 years, or in the opinion of the President, is an eminent jurist or who has been a practicing advocate in a High Court for a period of 10 years can be nominated as a judge of the Supreme Court [Article 124(3)].

Here is a full list of Chief Justices of Supreme Court in India–
 
No.
Chief Justices
Period of office
1.
H. J. Kania
August, 1947 – November, 1951
2.
M. Patanjali Sastri
November, 1951 – January, 1954
3.
Mehar Chand Mahajan
January, 1954 – December, 1954
4.
B.K. Mukherjea
December, 1954 – January, 1956
5.
S.R. Das
February, 1956 – September, 1959
6.
B. P. Sinha
October, 1959 – January, 1964
7.
P.B. Gajendragadkar
February, 1964 – March, 1966
8.
A.K. Sarkar
March, 1966 – June, 1966
9.
K. Subba Rao
June, 1966 – April, 1967
10. K.N. Wanchoo April, 1967 – February, 1968
11.
M. Hidayatullah
February, 1968 – December, 1970
12.
J.C. Shah
December, 1970 – January, 1971
13. S.M. Sikri January, 1971 – April, 1973
14.
A.N. Ray
April, 1973 – January, 1977
15.
M.H. Beg
January, 1977 – February, 1978
16.
Y.V. Chandrachud
February, 1978 – July, 1985
17.
P. N. Bhagwati
July, 1985 – December, 1986
18.
R.S. Pathak
December, 1986 – June, 1989
19.
E.S. Venkataramiah
June, 1989 – December, 1989
20. Sabyasachi  Mukharjee December, 1989 – September, 1990
21. Ranganath Mishra September, 1990 – November, 1991
22.
K.N. Singh
November, 1991 – December, 1991
23.
M.H. Kania
December, 1991 – November, 1992
24.
L.M. Sharma
November, 1992 – February, 1993
25.
M.N. Venkatachaliah
February, 1993 – October, 1994
26.
Aziz Mushabbar Ahmadi
October, 1994 – March, 1997
27.
J.S. Verma
March, 1997 – January, 1998
28.
M.M. Punchhi
January, 1998 – October, 1998
29.
A.S. Anand
October, 1998 – November, 2001
30.
S. P. Bharucha
November, 2001 –  May, 2002
31.
Bhupinder Nath Kripal
May, 2002 – November, 2002
32.
Mr. G.B Pattanaik
November, 2002 – December, 2002
33.
Mr. V.N. Khare
December, 2002 – May, 2004
34. Mr. S. Rajendra Babu May, 2004 – June, 2004
35. R. C. Lahoti June, 2004 – 31 October, 2005
36. Y. K. Sabharwal 2 November, 2005 – 14 January, 2007
37. K.G. Balakrishnan 15 January, 2007 – 11 May, 2010
38. S. H. Kapadia 12 May, 2010 – 28 September, 2012
39. Altamas Kabir 29 September, 2012 – 18 July, 2013
40. P. Sathasivam 19 July, 2013 – 26 April, 2014
41. Rajendra Mal Lodha 27 April, 2014 – 27 September, 2014
42. H. L. Dattu 28 September, 2014 – 2 December, 2015
43. T. S. Thakur 3 December, 2015 – till date

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