The decision to appoint Justice Khehar was taken by the SC Collegium following the decision to transfer Justice Dinakaran to the Sikkim High Court.
Justice Khehar comes in at a time when Karnataka High Court has been deeply divided.
Justice Dinakaran was recommended for promotion to the SC by the Collegium in Aug, 2009. But after several top jurists objected to his name citing allegations of corruption and land grabbing, the government returned the recommendation to the Collegium.
However, Justice Dinakaran has refuted the allegations.