The President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday signed the warrant appointing Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde as the next Chief Justice of India.
Following the retirement of the the present CJI Ranjan Gogoi on November 17, Justice Bobde will take oath as the 47th Chief Justice of India on November 18. As CJI, he will have a term of one year and five months till April 23, 2021.
Last week, CJI Gogoi had officially recommended Justice Bobde as his successor.
Justice Bobde enrolled with the Bar Council of Maharashtra in 1978 after obtaining his LLB degree from Nagpur University. He practiced for over 21 years at the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court and made appearances before the Principal Seat and before the Supreme Court. He was designated as a Senior Advocate in 1998 and was subsequently elevated as an Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court in March, 2000. In April, 2013, he was elevated as a Judge of Supreme Court.
Presently, he is the second-senior most judge of the country and is also serving as the Chancellor of Maharashtra National Law University, both at Mumbai and Nagpur campuses.
He has been on several important benches, including the recent Ayodhya title dispute. He, along with Justice Indira Banerjee and Indu Malhotra, conducted the inquiry into allegation of sexual harassment against CJI Gogoi.