Supreme court Judge P Sathasivam will be appointed as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI) after the expiry of present incumbent Altamas Kabir's tenure.
President Pranab Mukherjee has given his nod for the appointment of Sathasivam as the next Chief Justice, official sources said.
64-year-old Sathasivam has joined as a permanent judge of the Madras High Court in January 1996 after which he was transferred to the Punjab and High Court in April 2007.
He was appointed as a Supreme Court judge on August 21, 2007.
Sathasivam, who will be the 40th CJI, will have tenure till April 26, 2014.
The incumbent Chief Justice retires on July 18 after having a little over nine months tenure. Kabir was appointed CJI on September 29 last year.