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Justice SA Bobde takes oath as 47th Chief Justice of India, succeeds Ranjan Gogoi

Justice SA Bobde was administered the oath of office of Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind. He succeeds Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who retired on 17 November.

Nov 18, 2019 10:54 IST
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Justice SA Bobde was on November 18, 2019, sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India (CJI), a day after the retirement of Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Justice SA Bobde was administered the oath of office of Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind. Justice Bobde will serve as the CJI for one year and five months till April 23, 2021.

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde is the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court after Gogoi and has been part of several high profile cases, including the recent Ayodhya land dispute case. He was one among the five-judge constitution bench which passed the historic judgement of construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi had recommended the appointment of Justice Bobde, the next senior-most judge in the Supreme Court, as his successor in a letter to the Central Government on October 18, 2019.  CJI Gogoi followed the proper tradition to name his successor by writing a letter to the Government. As per rule, the incumbent chief justice needs to send the recommendation of the next senior-most judge as his successor in writing a month before his retirement. Following this, the CJI initiated the appointment process for appointing SA Bobde as the next Chief Justice of India. 

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Justice Ranjan Gogoi retired as CJI

Justice Gogoi retired as the CJI on November 17, 2019. He was sworn in as the 46th CJI on October 3, 2018. CJI Gogoi has headed and decided over the landmark cases during his stint as Chief Justice such as the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid land dispute and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be known for his landmark ruling in the Ayodhya land dispute case that gave the disputed land to Hindus for the construction of Ram Temple.

Before his retirement, former CJI Ranjan Gogoi had put forward the proposal to enhance the retirement age of High Court judges from the current 62 years to 65 years.

About Sharad Arvind Bobde

- SA Bobde is at present the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court.

- Presently, he is holding the position of the Chancellor of Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai and Nagpur’s Maharashtra National Law University.

- He was elevated as a Supreme Court Judge on April 12, 2013.

- He has previously served as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

- Justice Bobde has rendered judgements in some important cases such as Aadhaar, Pro-life, extreme air pollution in Delhi-NCR, and others.

- CJI Bobde was a part of a nine-judge bench headed by then CJI JS Khehar which ruled that the Right to Privacy is a constitutionally protected fundamental right.

- He also headed a three-member panel which gave a clean chit to Justice Ranjan Gogoi on a sexual harassment charge.

- Justice Bobde will retire on April 23, 2021.

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