(From left) Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi, CJI SA Bobde, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Credit: Twitter

Guwahati: Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde was sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India (CJI) by President Ram Nath Kovind in a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday.

Bobde from Mumbai Bar will hold the office till April 23, 2021, succeeding CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

He was part of the bench which delivered the historic Ayodhya verdict recently, held privacy to be a fundamental right in 2017, and clarified that no Indian citizen without an Aadhaar card can be denied government services.

Bobde comes from a Nagpur-based lawyer’s family. The 47th CJI completed his graduation at SFS College Nagpur and studied Law at Dr Ambekar Law College,Nagpur University in 1978.

CJI Bobde was the former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court. He was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court of India on 12 April 2013 and due to retire as the CJI of India on April 23, 2021.

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