List of Chief Justice of India (1950 to Present)

Supreme Court is the highest judicial forum and final court of appeal in India. The Supreme Court of India was established on 28th January, 1950. Supreme Court of India replaced Federal Court of India and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council which were then highest judicial body in Indian Court System.

Originally Supreme Court was set up with a chief justice and seven other judges but currently there are 25 judges in Supreme Court including Chief Justice of India.

Hare is the list of Chief Justice of India:

Number Name Period of Office Length of term(day) Appointer (President of India)
1 H J Kania 26th January 1950 6th November, 1951 649 Rajendra Prashad
2 M. Patanjali Sastri 7th November 1951 3rd January 1994 788 Rajendra Prashad
3 Meher Chand Mahajan 4th January 1954 22nd December 1954 352 Rajendra Prashad
4 Bijan Kumar Mukherjea 23rd December 1994 31st January 1956 404 Rajendra Prashad
5 Sudhi Ranjan Das 1st February 1956 30th September 1959 1337 Rajendra Prashad
6 Bhuvaneshwar Prashad Sinha 1st October 1959 31st January 1964 1583 Rajendra Prashad
7 P.B. Gajendragadkar 1st February 1964 15th March 1966 773 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
8 Amal Kumar Sarkar 16th March 1966 29th June 1966 105 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
9 Koka Subba Rao 30th June 1966 11th April 1967 285 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
10 Kailas Nath wanchoo 12th April 1967 24th February 1968 318 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
11 Mohammad Hidayatullah 25th February 1968 16th December, 1970 1025 Zakir Hussain
12 Jayantilal Chhotalal shah 17th December 1970 21st January 1971 35 Varahagiri Venkata Giri
13 Sarv Mittra Sikri 22nd January 1971 25th April 1973 824 Varahagiri Venkata Giri
14 Ajit Nath Roy 26th April, 1973 27th January 1977 1372 Varahagiri Venkata Giri
15 Mirza Hameedullah Beg 28th January 1977 21st February 1978 389 Fakruddin Ali Ahamed
16 Yeaswant Vishnu Chandrachud 22nd February 1978 11th July 1985 2696 Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
17 Prafullachandra Natwarlal Bhagwati 12th July 1985 20th December 1986 526 Gyani Zail Singh
18 Raghunandan swarup pathak 20th December 1986 18th June 1989 940 Gyani Zail Singh
19 Engalaguppe Seetharamiah Venkataramiah 19th June 1989 17th December 1989 181 Ramaswami Venkataraman
20 Sabyasachi Mukharji 18th December 1989 25 September 1990 281 Ramaswami Venkataraman
21 Ranganath Mishra 26th September 1990 24th November 1991 424 Ramaswami Venkataraman
22 Kamal Narain Singh 25th November 1991 12th December 1991 17 Ramaswami Venkataraman
23 Madhukar Hiralal Kania 13th December 1991 17th November 1992 340 Ramaswami Venkataraman
24 Lalit Mohan Sharma 18th December 1992 11th February 1993 85 Sankar Dayal Sharma
25 Manepelli Narayana Rao Venkatachaliah 12th February 1993 24th October 1994 619 Sankar Dayal Sharma
26 Aziz Mushabbar Ahmadi 25th October 1994 24th March 1997 881 Sankar Dayal Sharma
27 Jagdish Sharma Verma 25th March 1997 17th January 1998 298 Sankar Dayal Sharma
28 Madan Mohan Punchi 18th January 1998 9th October 1998 264 Kocheri Raman Narayanan
29 Adrash Sein Anand 10th October 1998 31st October 2001 1117 Kocheri Raman Narayanan
30 Sam piroj Bharucha 1st November 2001 5th May 2002 185 Kocheri Raman Narayanan
31 Bhupindar Nath Kirpal 6th May 2002 7th November 2002 185 Kocheri Raman Narayanan
32 Gopal Ballav Pattanaik 8th November 2002 18th December 2002 40 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
33 V. N. Khare 19th December 2002 1st May 2004 499 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
34 S. Rajendra Babu 2nd May 2004 31st May 2004 29 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
35 Ramesh Chandra Lahoti 1st June 2004 31st October 2005 517 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
36 Yogesh Kumar Sabhaewal 1st November 2005 13th January 2007 438 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
37 K. G. Balakrishnan 14th January 2007 12th May 2010 1214 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
38 S. H. Kapadia 13th May 2010 28th September 2012 870 Pratibha Patil
39 Altamas Kabir 29th September 2012 18th July 2013 292 Pranab Mukherjee
40 P. Sathashivam 19th  July 2013 26th April 2014 281 Pranab Mukherjee
41 Rajendra Lal Lodha 27th April 2014 27th September 2014 153 Pranab Mukherjee
42 H. L. Dattu 28th September 2014 2nd December 2015 430 Pranab Mukherjee
43 T.S. Thakur 3rd December 2015 3rd January 2017 397 Pranab Mukherjee
44 Jagdish Singh Khehkar 4th January 2017 27th August 2017 235 Pranab Mukherjee
45 Dipak Mishra 28th August 2017 2nd October 2018 400 Ram Nath Kovind
46 Ranjan Gogoi 3rd October 2018 17th November 2019 410 Ram Nath Kovind

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