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B N Kirpal to be next Chief Justice of India

Press Trust of India

Posted: Apr 13, 2002 at 1842 hrs IST

President K R Narayanan has approved the appointment of Justice B N Kirpal as Chief Justice of India with effect from May 6.

He will succeed Chief Justice S P Bharucha.

Justice Kirpal, who will be the Chief Justice of India till November 8 this year, is at present heading the 11-judge Constitution bench hearing the question as who constituted minority under Article 30(1) of the Constitution.

The bench is hearing about 200 writ petitions on the definition of minority and their right to establish and administer educational institution.

Born on November 8, 1937, Justice Kirpal received most of his formal education in Delhi and obtained his law degree from Delhi University. He started his practice in 1961.

After 18 years at the bar, Justice Kirpal was appointed as a judge of the Delhi High Court on November 20, 1979. He was appointed Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court on December 14, 1993.

He was elevated to the Supreme Court of India on September 11, 1995.

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