New Delhi, Nov 18 : Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde was sworn-in as the 47th Chief Justice of India on Monday. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office of Chief Justice of India to Justice Bobde at 9.30 am.
Outgoing Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had recommended Justice Bobde, the second senior-most judge of the apex court, as his successor on October 18.
Chief Justice SA Bobde, 63, will serve as CJI till April 23, 2021.
Chief Justice Bobde was on the benches that decided the Ayodhya land dispute case in 2019, held privacy to be a fundamental right in 2017, and clarified in 2015 that no Indian citizen without an Aadhaar card could be denied government services.
Born in Nagpur on April 24, 1956, he completed his graduation from Nagpur University where he obtained a law degree. He was enrolled as an Advocate on September 13, 1978, and was designated as Senior Advocate in 1998.
Chief Justice SA Bobde’s career as judge began in March 2000, when he was appointed as an Additional Judge in the Bombay High Court.
He became the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in October 2012, and was elevated to the Supreme Court in April the following year.
Justice Bobde started his practice at the High Court Bench at Nagpur and the District Court at Nagpur.
He was occasionally at the High Court at Bombay and the Supreme Court of India in civil, constitutional, labour, company, election and taxation matters. He specialised in the constitutional, administrative, company, environmental and election laws.
Justices NV Ramana, UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud are next in line.