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.
Bobde is a former chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court who is due to retire on April 23, 2021.
Born on April 24, 1956, at Nagpur, Maharashtra, Justice Bobde studied in the Nagpur University. He joined the Bombay High Court in 2000 as an additional judge. In 2012, he became Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
CJI Gogoi will retire on November 17. According to sources, 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.
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.