Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha on 27 April 2014 was sworn-in as the 41st Chief Justice of India. The oath was administered by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. Justice Lodha will have a brief tenure of five months as the Chief Justice as he will retire on 27 September 2014.
The 64-year-old Justice Lodha took over the office from Justice P. Sathasivam, who retired from his office on 26 April 2014 after serving tenure of nine months. Justice P Sathasivam assumed the office of Chief Justice of India in July 2013.
Justice Harilal Jekisundas Kania was the first Chief Justice of India.
Some important judgments and orders given by SC bench under Justice R M Lodha
• Justice Lodha is the head of the bench that is monitoring CBI’s probe into coal blocks allocation scam
• His bench ordered that there is no requirement to share information with the political executive on coalgate probe by CBI. This decision in May 2013 led to the resignation of the then Law Minister, Ashwani Kumar
• SC bench under him passed orders for making CBI free from any political interference. The bench said that sanctions from the government is not required to prosecute senior officials in cases which are being monitored by the Courts
• He is a part of the Constitutional Bench that is looking towards the mode of education of minority schools
• A bench headed by Justice Lodha allowed defence personnel in peace stations to vote in constituencies of their posting by terming it compulsion of their job must not come in the way of their basic right
Form of Oath or Affirmation
Article 124 (6) of the Constitution of India provides for administering of oath or affirmation of the Chief Justice of India or any other Supreme Court judge before the President of India or some other person appointed in that behalf by him.
The Schedule Three of the Indian Constitution provides for the Form of Oath or Affirmations for Union Ministers [Art. 75(4)], Candidate for election to Parliament[Art. 80(a)], Member of Parliament [Art. 99], Chief Justice of India & Supreme Court Judges [Art. 124(6)], Comptroller & Auditor General of India [Art. 148(2)], State Ministers[Art. 164(3)], Candidates for election to Legislative Assembly[Art. 173(a)], Member of Legislative Assembly[Art. 188], and Chief Justice of High Courts & Judges of High Courts [Art. 219]
When: 27 April 2014