Supreme Court Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde was sworn in on Monday as the 47th Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Chief Justice SA Bobde, 63, succeeds Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi; he will serve as the leader of the judiciary till April 23, 2021.
Chief Justice Bobde was on the benches that decided the Ayodhya land dispute case in 2019, held privacy to be a fundamental right in 2017, and clarified in 2015 that no Indian citizen without an Aadhaar card could be denied government services.
He was born in Nagpur, Maharashtra, and is the son of Arvind Shriniwas Bobde, an eminent senior advocate. He earned a law degree from Nagpur University and was enrolled on the Bar Council of Maharashtra in 1978. He was designated as a senior advocate in 1998.
Chief Justice SA Bobde’s career as judge began in March 2000, when he was appointed as an Additional Judge in the Bombay High Court. He became the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in October 2012, and was elevated to the Supreme Court in April the following year.
Justices NV Ramana, UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud are next in line.