Justice SA Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India
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Justice SA Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India

Shruti Mahajan

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde took oath today as the 47th Chief Justice of India after Justice Ranjan Gogoi demitted office on November 17.

President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to CJI Bobde who will continue to hold this office till April 23, 2021. The outgoing Chief Justice of India, Justice Ranjan Gogoi had recommended Justice Bobde, who was then the second senior-most Judge at the Supreme Court, to be the next CJI. The recommendation had received the President’s warrant on October 29.

With Justice Bobde taking over the office of CJI, the Supreme Court Collegium also sees a rejig with Justice R Banumathi entering the five-judge Collegium, only the second-ever woman Judge to be part of the Collegium. Justice Bobde will have Justices NV RamanaArun Mishra (till 2/9/20), Rohinton Nariman and R Banumathi (till 19/7/20) as part of the Collegium. Justices UU Lalit (from 20/7/20) and AM Khanwilkar (from 3/9/20) will also be part of his Collegium.

 

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47th Chief Justice of India SA Bobde takes oath. After the oath taking ceremony CJI Bobde took blessings from his mother

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Justice Bobde becomes the eighth Judge hailing from the Bombay High Court to occupy the chair of the Chief Justice of India.

CJI Bobde was born in Nagpur on April 24, 1956 and studied law from Nagpur University. The son of former Maharashtra Advocate General Arvind Bobde and brother of veteran lawyer Vinod Bobde, who passed away in 2016, Justice Bobde was enrolled with the Bar Council of Maharashtra in 1978. He practiced at the Nagpur Bench and made appearances at the Principal Bench at Bombay, before practicing at the Supreme Court of India for over 21 years. He was designated as Senior Advocate in 1998.

He was elevated as an additional judge of the Bombay High Court in 2000, before being appointed as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in October 2012. Subsequently, he was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court in April 2013.

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