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Sharad Arvind Bobde sworn-in as the 47th Chief Justice of India

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Sharad Arvind Bobde sworn-in as the 47th Chief Justice of India

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has been sworn-in as the 47th Chief Justice of India (CJI). He was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Outgoing CJI Ranjan Gogoi had recommended Justice Bobde, the second senior-most judge of the apex court, as his successor in October.

CJI Bobde is expected to have a tenure of one year and five months. He will retire on April 23, 2021. Justice Gogoi, the 46th CJI, took charge on October 3, 2018 and demitted office yesterday.

Born on April 24, 1956, in Nagpur, Maharashtra, Bobde completed Bachelor of Arts and LLB degrees from Nagpur University. He was enrolled as an advocate of the Bar Council of Maharashtra in 1978 and was designated as Senior Advocate in 1998.

Justice Bobde was elevated to the Bombay High Court on March 29, 2000, as Additional Judge and sworn in as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court on October 16, 2012. He was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court on April 12, 2013.

A five-judge constitution bench, of which Justice Bobde was also a part, recently gave a unanimous verdict to put the curtains down on the long-running Ayodhya land dispute which was pending in courts since 1950.

Also, a nine-judge bench of the top court headed by the then CJI J S Khehar, which included Justice Bobde, held unanimously in August 2017 that the Right to Privacy was a constitutionally protected fundamental right in India.

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