Karnataka CJ declares assets and 20 judges follow suit
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Karnataka CJ declares assets and 20 judges follow suit

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Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar (pictured) has set the ball rolling by being the first Chief Justice to disclose his assets and liabilities on the Karnataka High Court’s website.

Following him, 20 judges of the Karnataka High Court have now submitted particulars of their assets in sealed envelopes to the Court Registrar, reports the Times of India.

The DNA reports that as per the declarations made by Justice Khehar, he has Rs. 74 lakh cash deposits in various banks. Justice Khehar also makes it clear that the assets and liabilities declared were owned by him before his elevation as judge and after that he has been receiving only the salary and perks. Justice Khehar has also declared property owned by his wife, Madhupreeth Kaur Khehar. Justice Khehar’s wife owns a plot measuring 3080 sqft in Garshanker, Punjab.

Chief Justice Khehar was appointed Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court in August, 2010 following the decision to transfer Justice Dinakaran to the Sikkim High Court. Justice Khehar was previously the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court. He graduated in science from Government College, Chandigarh in 1974 and pursued a degree in law from Punjab University in 1977. Two years later, he took his LL.M degree from the same institution. Justice Khehar was admitted to the Bar in 1979, and practiced in the High Courts of Punjab and Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the Supreme Court of India.

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