Sharad Arvind Bobde takes oath as 47th Chief Justice of India

Justice Bobde was part of the five-judge constitution bench hearing the longest running Ayodhya land dispute case and in which the order is expected by November 18, before CJI Gogoi retires.

Chief Justice of India Sharad A Bobde has been sworn-in by President Ram Nath Kovind at a simple ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday morning. Chief Justice Bobde, the eighth chief justice from Maharashtra, will have a tenure of a little over 18 months.

The Presidential warrant follows the recommendation of the outing Chief Justice on October 18, who, as per convention, proposed Justice Bobde’s name as his successor. As in previous instances, the recommendation was sent a month before the current CJI demits office.

Justice Bobde was part of the five-judge constitution bench hearing the longest running Ayodhya land dispute case.

He was elevated to the Supreme Court in April 2012 after serving as chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh high court. Justice Bobde, who is from Maharashtra, studied law at Nagpur University.

Justice Bobde has played a key role at the top court. In May 2019, he headed the three-judge committee that heard sexual harassment allegations against CJI Gogoi by a staff member from the CJI’s office in April 2019. The committee found “no substance in the allegations”.

The judge was also said to have brokered peace between previous CJI Dipak Misra and the four senior judges who held a press conference against the court’s functioning under him in January 2018.

Source: Hindustan Times

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