Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI) by President Ram Nath Kovind, who signed the warrant for the same.
Justice Bobde will take oath as the 47th Chief Justice of India on November 18. He will have a tenure of about 18 months. Current CJI Justice Ranjan Gogoi retires on November 17.
Justice SA Bobde is a former Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. He is due to retire on 23 April 2021.
Justice Bobde was part of the five-judge constitution bench hearing longest-running Ayodhya land dispute case and in which the judgement is still awaited.
Earlier this month, CJI Ranjan Gogoi had written to the Government recommending Justice SA Bobde as his successor.
Gogoi had recommended, by writing a letter of appointment to the Ministry of Law and Justice, for the second senior most judge Justice Bobde as the next Chief Justice of India.
As per tradition, the sitting CJI has to write and recommend the name of the next senior judge after him as his successor.
According to the Memorandum of Procedure, which governs the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, “appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office”.
Under this process, after receiving the CJI’s recommendation, the law minister puts it before the prime minister who advises the President on the matter.
The 63-year old Bobde, who was born in Nagpur Maharashtra on 24 April 1955, studied in Nagpur University. He hails from a family of lawyers. His father Arvind Bobde was the advocate-general of Maharashtra and his elder brother late Vinod Arvind Bobde a renowned senior advocate of Supreme Court.