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Justice Balakrishnan appointed Chief Justice

Justice KG Balakrishnan, the seniormost judge of the Supreme Court, is formally appointed Chief Justice of India.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2007 23:04 IST

Justice KG Balakrishnan, the seniormost judge of the Supreme Court, was on Tuesday formally appointed Chief Justice of India.

The government issued the notification for his appointment from January 14, a day after incumbent Chief Justice YK Sabhrawal is slated to demit the office.

Within hours after President APJ Abdul Kalam put his seal of approval on the warrant of appointment for the new chief justice, the government issued the formal notification which was subsequently handed over to Justice Balakrishnan by Additional Secretary (Department of Justice) Rajeev Aggarwal.

The 37th chief justice, Justice Balakrishnan, is the first Dalit to occupy the highest position in the judiciary. He will have tenure of over three years till May 2010.

Talking to reporters soon after his appointment, Justice Balakrishnan said: "I am confident that with the help of my brother judges in the bench and with the cooperation of the lawyers I can do some service to the people and the country."

He said that the judiciary is the most respected institution in the country and his endeavour would be to ensure that the confidence of people on the judicial system was not impaired in any manner.

Answering reporters' query on serial killing of children in Nithari village in Noida on the outskirts of Delhi, the chief justice-designate favoured a through probe in the case but ruled out any intervention by courts at this stage.

"Police should thoroughly investigate the matter and find who all are involved in this crime and make investigation report, question people, take medical evidence and all that is required. Police should also take statement from witnesses," he said.