President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the declaration to make Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde to be the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Justice Bobde will become the 47th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Justice Bobde will take pledge as Chief Justice on 18 November 2019. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, is retiring on November 17. Justice Bobde will have to serve an 18-month term as a Chief Justice. Justice Bobde states his immediate goal to ensure justice in all cases.
If they want to implement them by making much-awaited reforms in the judiciary system, they will not have much time. But there will be several hurdles before them. Following the culture, Chief Justice Gogoi gave his proposal to the Law Ministry just a month before retiring.
Born on April 24, 1956, Judge Bobde is native of Nagpur. He had completed his B.A. From SFS College. After that received a law degree from Nagpur University in the year 1978. On September 13, 1978, he enrolled as a lawyer and practiced in the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court. He was chosen as a senior advocate in the year 1998. On March 29, 2000, he was selected as an additional judge in the Bombay High Court. After becoming the Chief Justice in the Madhya Pradesh High Court on October 16, 2012, he became a judge of the Supreme Court in the next year. His resignation date is 23rd April 2021.
Judge Bobde has been connected with the family of lawyers. His grandpa was a lawyer, who may never have thought that his grandson would one day become the Chief Justice in the Supreme Court. His father Arvind Bobde has been the advocate general in Maharashtra. His elder brother, late Vinod Bobde, was also a senior lawyer in the Supreme Court. His girl Rukmani is also advocating in Delhi. Son Srinivas is also a lawyer by profession in Mumbai.
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Justice Bobde was involved in several benches that declared several significant judgments. These include Aadhaar card decisions. Another case is that of a woman who was not allowed to abort because the fetus was 26 weeks old, and doctors said that the infant was likely to survive after birth. The Karnataka government had banned a book called Mate Mahadevi on the ground that it could hurt the sentiments of the followers of Lord Basavanna. Judge Bobde was involved in the bench which sustained the ban.
He was also a member of the bench, which banned the sale of firecrackers due to heavy pollution in the National Capital Region. The judge was also on the bench relating to the Ayodhya dispute and the NRC. When a woman employee accused of a sexual harassment case against Supreme Court Chief Justice Gogoi. He asked Judge Bobde to decide the steps to be taken in the case. Chief Justice Gogoi was being criticized at that time. Justice Bobde had inquired into the allegation with Justice NV Raman and Justice Indira Banerjee in which the complaint was found to be false. But the report was not made public which had a lot of controversy.
Justice Bobde had freely revealed his property six years ago. He had given their savings of Rs. 21,58032 and fixed deposits 12,30541 rupees. He also has a share in a Mumbai flat, and the two buildings are owned by him in Nagpur.
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