New Delhi: Justice S. A. Bobde will become the 47th Chief Justice of India (CJI) as President Ram Nath Kovind signed the warrant today appointing him as the CJI.
Bobde will be sworn in as the CJI on 18 November and his tenure will be for 18 months. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had recommended the second senior most justice, Bobde, to succeed him as the CJI. Gogoi will leave office on 17 November.
Bobde hails from Nagpur and comes from a family of eminent lawyers. He was the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and is serving as Chancellor of Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai and Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur.
S. A. Bobde’s father was a advocate general of Maharashtra and his elder brother was a senior Supreme Court lawyer and an expert on the Constitution of India.
Justice Bobde is part of the five-judge constitutional bench hearing the Ayodhya case, the judgment of which will come soon.