Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, was today appointed as the next Chief Justice of India.
He will take over from incumbent Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan on May 12, an official statement said in New Delhi.
62-year-old Kapadia's Warrant of Appointment, signed by President Pratibha Patil, has been sent to the Supreme Court registry, official sources said.
As per laid down norms under the Memorandum of Procedure which governs appointment of members of the higher judiciary, Balakrishnan had earlier this month recommended the name of Kapadia to succeed him as the CJI.
Born in September 29, 1947, Kapadia enrolled as an advocate in September, 1974.
Appointed as an Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court in October 1991, Kapadia was elevated as a Permanent Judge in the same High Court in March 1993.