India gets a new Chief Justice and President Ram Nath Kovind signs the warrant finally. Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde is appointed as the next Chief Justice of India. SA Bobde succeeds Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and has taken his oath on today.
Let us know a bit about SA Bobde:
Who is SA Bobde?
The 63-year-old Bobde was born in Nagpur Maharashtra on 24 April 1955 and studied in Nagpur University. He comes from a family of lawyers. His father Arvind Bobde was the advocate-general of Maharashtra and his elder brother late Vinod Arvind Bobde was a renowned senior advocate of the Supreme Court.
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, currently in seniority in the Supreme Court, will be India’s new Chief Justice.
SA Bobde is a judge since 2000 and he joined Bombay High Court as an additional judge. In October 2012, he was nominated by the 39th Chief Justice Altamas Kabir as the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
He was a recommendation by Kabir in April 2013, to Supreme Court. Bobde will be taking over the highest office of the Indian Judiciary as the 47th Chief Justice of the country. SA Bobde will be replacing Rajan Gogoi, as recommended by the latter to be his successor.
A Great Career
Justice Bobde has earned a lot of respect in his career from his peers and others. This is the reason why he was made a part of the in-house panel handling of one of the most controversial cases.
The case was regarding the allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice Gogoi. Following several closed doors hearings, the in-house panel headed by Justice Bobde gave a clean chit to Gogoi. He said:
“No substance was found in the accusations leveled against the CJI by a former employee.”
Bobde has been with the judgment where the apex court formed the rule, that the lack of Aadhaar was not grounds to deprive any Indian citizen of basic services and government subsidies.
Justice Bobde is a well-known name and is also a part of the five-judge constitution bench which concluded the Ram Janmabhoomi-Bari Masjid land dispute. The verdict for this case is still on the waiting list.
With eight years in the topmost judicial body of the country, Bobde has quite a few landmark cases in his kitty. In 2017 as part of the apex court bench, along with Justice L. Nageswara Rao, he rejected the petition of a woman who sought termination of her fetus.
He also upheld the ban of a book by Mate Mahadevi by the Karnataka Government. The book was banned on the ground that it outraged the religious feelings of Lord Basavanna’s followers.
Bobde has taken the oath on 18 November. His term will end on 23 April 2021.