Bobde takes oath as India’s chief justice

Published : 16:07, Nov 18, 2019 | Updated : 16:25, Nov 18, 2019

Justice Bobde, 63, is the fourth judge from Maharashtra to hold the country’s highest judicial post. Photo: President`s office of IndiaJustice Sharad Arvind Bobde was sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India on Monday (Nov 18).

President of India Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to the newly appointed Chief Justice of India (CJI) in a brief ceremony at the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan at Delhi.

Chief Justice Bobde, 63, has succeeded Justice Ranjan Gogoi who went on retirement on November 17 after remaining in office for over 13 months, media reports said.

Chief Justice Bobde will have tenure of around 17 months and will go on retirement on April 23, 2021.

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

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several senior ministers were present at the oath-taking ceremony.

Former vice president Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and several former chief justice of Indian Supreme Court, among others, were present on the occasion, news agency PTI reported.

Born on April 24, 1956, Justice Bobde completed Bachelor of Arts and LLB degrees from Nagpur University.

He was enrolled as an advocate of the Bar Council of Maharashtra in 1978 and was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court on April 12, 2013.