Meet our 47th Chief Justice of India, Hon'ble Justice S A Bobde

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Hon'ble Justice Shri Sharad Arvind Bobde joined as 47th CJI on 18th November taking over the charge from Hon'ble CJI Ranjan Gogoi, who retired on the previous day. Let's meet him with some facts.

Shri Sharad Arvind Bobde, born on 24th April 1956 is an Indian Judge serving as the 47th and current Chief Justice of India. He is a former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court. He is also serving as the Chancellor of University of Delhi and Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur. He is due to retire on 23 April 2021. He has a tenure of eight years in Supreme Court of India.

Personal Information

S A Bobde sir comes from a Nagpur-based lawyers’ family. His grandfather was a lawyer. Bobde sir's father, Arvind Bobde sir was advocate-general of Maharashtra in 1980 and 1985. Bobde's elder brother, late Vinod Arvind Bobde was a senior Supreme Court lawyer and a constitutional expert.


Bobde sir completed his graduation at SFS College Nagpur and studied Law at Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Nagpur University in 1978. He enrolled as an advocate on 13 September 1978, practised at the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court with appearances before the principal seat at Bombay and before the Supreme Court of India and became Senior Advocate in 1998.
Bobde was appointed as an additional judge of Bombay High Court on 29th March 2000.
He joined as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court on 16th October 2012 and was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court of India on 12th April 2013.

As Chief Justice of India

He was appointed as the 47th Chief Justice of India on 18 November 2019.

Notable Judgements

A three-judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court, comprising Bobde, Jasti Chelameswar, and Chokkalingam Nagappan, ratified an earlier order of the Supreme Court and clarified that no Indian citizen without an Aadhar card can be deprived of basic services and government subsidies.


A two-judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court, comprising Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao in 2017, rejected a woman's plea seeking termination of her foetus, based on the medical board's report that the 26-week-old foetus had a chance of survival.

Religious feelings

A two-judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court, comprising Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao in 2017, upheld the ban by the Karnataka Government of a book by Mate Mahadevi on the ground that it outraged the religious feelings of Lord Basavanna's followers.


A three-judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court, comprising Bobde, T. S. Thakur and Arjan Kumar Sikri in 2016, in relation to the extreme air pollution in the National Capital Region, suspended the sales of firecrackers in the region.

Ayodhya case

Ayodhya Title Dispute: Justice Bobde was also a part of the five-judge constitution bench which heard and delivered the judgment dated November 9, 2019, on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. 

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