On October 29, President Ram Nath Kovind signed a warrant to appoint Justice Sharad A. Bobde as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI).

He will take oath as CJI on November 18. He will have a tenure of 17 months and would demit office on April 23, 2021.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had recommended the name of the next senior-most judge in the Supreme Court pecking order, Justice Bobde, as his replacement as per rule.

Gogoi, the 46th chief justice of India, will retire on November 17. Gogoi had worked as chief justice of India for around 13 months.

Who is Justice Bobde?

Born in Nagpur, 63-year old Bobde comes from a family of prominent jurists. His father, Arvind Bobde, was a retired advocate-general of Maharashtra. His father and brothers were also lawyers, with his brother practicing in the Supreme Court.

Starting as an additional judge in the Bombay High Court in 2000, Justice Bobde is a judge since 2000, he has joined the Bombay High Court as an additional judge. He was also chosen by the 39th Chief Justice Altamas Kabir as the Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice in October 2012. He has assisted as the Chief Justice in Madhya Pradesh before being promoted to the Supreme Court in 2013.

Justice Bobde is also a member of the five-judge Constitutional Bench that is hearing the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute.