Chandigarh born Srikanth 'Sri' Srinivasan has emerged as front runner as the successor of 79-year-old associate justice who breathed his last during a visit to Texas.
"Justice Scalia dedicated his life to the cornerstone of our democracy: the rule of law. Tonight, we honor his extraordinary service to our nation and remember one of the towering legal figures of our time," said Barack Obama in a statement issued by the White House.
Srinivasan a graduate of Sanford University undergraduate was born in India as Padmanabhan Srikanth Srinivasan, grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, and went to Stanford, where he earned his undergraduate and law degrees, in addition to an MBA.
He previously worked as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and worked as Obama's deputy solicitor general.
If President Barack Obama nominates him for this coveted post, Srinivasan will be first from the community to achieve the feat.
He was appointed to the US Court of Appeals by President Barack Obama in May 2013.