Chief Justice of India Sharad A Bobde has been sworn-in by President Ram Nath Kovind at a simple ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday morning.
Chief Justice Bobde, the eighth chief justice from Maharashtra, will have a title of a little over 18 months.
The Presidential warrant follows the recommendation of the outing Chief Justice on October 18, who, as per convention, proposed Justice Bobde’s name as his successor.
Justice Bobde was part of the five-judge constitution bench hearing the longest running Ayodhya land dispute case.
He was upraised to the Supreme Court in April 2012 after serving as chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh high court. Justice Bobde, who is from Maharashtra, studied law at Nagpur University.
Justice Bobde has played a key role at the top court. In May 2019, he headed the three-judge committee that heard sexual harassment allegations against CJI Gogoi by a staff member from the CJI’s office in April 2019. The committee found no substance in the allegations.