Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has been appointed the next Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind. Justice Bobde, who succeeds Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, will take oath on November 18.
Justice Bobde is a former Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. He is due to retire on 23 April 2021.
Born on 24 April 1956 at Nagpur, Maharashtra, Justice Bobde studied in the Nagpur University. He joined the Bombay High Court in 2000 as additional judge. In 2012, he became Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
He was elevated to the Supreme Court in April, 2013. He has been involved in top cases before the Supreme Court, including the Ayodhya temple-mosque dispute, the BCCI case and petitions against firecrackers.
Justice Gogoi, sworn in as Chief Justice on 3 October 2018, will retire on November 17.
The Chief Justice had gone by the convention to recommend the name of the next senior judge as his successor a month before his retirement, said official sources.
Justice Bobde, who will be sworn in as Chief Justice on November 18, will have a tenure of about 18 months.
According to the Memorandum of Procedure, which governs the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, the "appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office". After receiving the Chief Justice's recommendation, the Law Minister puts it before the Prime Minister, who then communicates this to the President.