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Monday, 28 October 2019

Justice Bobde will be the new Chief Justice from the Supreme Court

Justice Bobde will be the new Chief Justice from the Supreme Court

President Ram Nath Kovind has signed his decision to appoint Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Justice Bobde will be the 47th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India.

Justice Bobde will take oath of Chief Justice on 18 November. The current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Ranjan Gogoi is retiring on November 17. After taking charge of Judge Bobde on 18 November, he will have a tenure of 18 months only. Judge Bobde says that his immediate goal is to ensure justice in all the cases.

If they want to implement the much-awaited reforms in the judiciary, then they will not have much time for this. But there will be many challenges before them.

Following the tradition, Chief Justice Gogoi sent his recommendation to the Law Ministry just a month before retiring.

Born on 24 April 1956, Judge Bobde grew up in Nagpur. He did his BA from SFS College. In 1978, he got a law degree from Nagpur University.

On 13 September 1978, he enrolled as a lawyer and practiced in the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court. In the year 1998, he was named Senior Advocate.

On 29 March 2000, he was appointed as Additional Judge in the Bombay High Court. After becoming Chief Justice in the Madhya Pradesh High Court on 16 October 2012, he was made a judge in the Supreme Court in the following year 2013. His retirement date is 23 April 2021.

Judge Bobde is related to the family of lawyers. His grandfather was a lawyer who would have never imagined that his grandson would one day be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

His father Arvind Bobde has been Advocate General in Maharashtra. His elder brother the late Vinod Bobde was also a senior advocate in the Supreme Court. His daughter Rukmani is also pursuing in Delhi. Son Srinivas is also a lawyer by profession in Mumbai.

Important decisions

Judge Bobde has been involved in many such benches which have given many important decisions. These include decisions related to the Aadhaar card.

Another case is of a woman who was not allowed an abortion as the fetus was 26 weeks old and doctors said that the baby was likely to survive after birth.

The Karnataka government had banned a book called Mata Mahadevi on the grounds that it might hurt the feelings of Lord Basavanna's followers. Judge Bobde was one of the benches that upheld the ban.

He was also a part of the bench which banned the sale of firecrackers due to heavy pollution in the National Capital Region. Judge Bobde was also on the bench related to the Ayodhya dispute and NRC. When a woman employee alleged sexual harassment against the Supreme Court Chief Justice Gogoi, she asked Judge Bobde to decide the steps to be taken in the case.

At that time, Chief Justice Gogoi was being criticized. Judge Bobde investigated the allegation with Judge NV Raman and Judge Indira Banerjee in which the complaint was found to be false.

But its report was not made public on which there was a lot of controversy.

Judge Bobde had voluntarily disclosed his assets six years ago. In this, he stated his savings as Rs 21,58,032 and fixed deposit Rs 12,30,541. He also owns a flat in Mumbai and owns two buildings in Nagpur.

The challenges

The biggest challenge for Justice Bobde will be to settle the cases which are pending. More than 3.53 crore cases are pending in Indian courts.

There are 58,669 cases pending in the Supreme Court itself. Of these, 40,409 cases are pending for the last 30 years. The latest economic survey has estimated that about 8,521 judges are needed to settle pending cases within five years.

But there is a shortage of 5,535 judges in the High Court and the lower courts. The number of judges in the Supreme Court as on date is 31. But the Economic Survey states that the Supreme Court requires eight additional judges

According to the National Judicial Data Grid, 43,63,260 cases are pending in the High Courts. Chief Justice Gogoi had underlined that there are 18,000 sanctioned judges at the district and sub-divisional levels.

But the current number is less than 15,000. A former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court said that according to the speed with which the cases are being dealt, it will take 400 years to settle the pending criminal cases. That too when no new matter comes up.

Every year the number of cases is increasing, accordingly the number of pending cases is increasing. This is reinforcing the notion of 'delay in justice i.e. refusal to give justice'. Judge Bobde should be concerned with the increasing number of pending cases in the courts.

In 1987, the Law Commission suggested that the ratio of appointment of 10.5 judges to every one million Indians should be increased to 107. But today this ratio is only 15.4.

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