November 18, 2019

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India

[ by Kavita Krishnan ]


Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde took oath as the 47th Chief Justice of India on 18th November 2019. Justice Bobde, 63, succeeds Justice Ranjan Gogoi who demitted office the previous day.

Chief Justice Bobde shall serve the office for a tenure of 17 months till 23rd April 2021.

He has been part of several key cases, including the five-judge constitution bench that passed the historic verdict that cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Chief Justice Bobde was also part of a nine-judge bench headed by the then CJI JS Khehar which in August 2017 unanimously held that the Right to Privacy was a constitutionally protected fundamental right in India. He also headed a three-member in-house panel giving a clean chit to the preceding Chief Justice Gogoi on a sexual harassment complaint against him by a former court staffer.

He hails from a family of lawyers from Maharashtra.

Chief Justice Bobde has been chosen following the rule of seniority and his name was recommended by Justice Gogoi in a letter to the Centre.

His Warrant of Appointment was signed by President Ram Nath Kovind following which the Law Ministry issued a notification naming him as the next head of the Indian judiciary.

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