Sunday 14 January
Sixty-one year old Justice Konakuppakatil Gopinathan Balakrishnan was sworn in as the 37th Chief Justice of India,
making him the first Dalit to assume the post. Due to retire on May 12, 2010 after a tenure of about three years and four
months, Justice Balakrishnan's tenure will be much longer than that of the average span for a CJI, which is a little more
than a year-and -a-half. His predecessor Chief Justice Sabharwal had a tenure of 14 months while Justice R C Lahoti
had a 17 month stint.