Rajendra Mal Lodha

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Hon'ble Justice
Rajendra Mal Lodha
41st Chief Justice of India
In office
27 April 2014 – 27 September 2014
Appointed by Pranab Mukherjee
Preceded by P Sathasivam
Succeeded by H L Dattu
Judge at Supreme Court of India
In office
17 December 2008 – 27 April 2014
Chief Justice of Patna High Court
In office
13 May 2008 – 16 December 2008
Judge of Rajasthan High Court
In office
2 February 2007 – 12 May 2008
Judge of Bombay High Court
In office
16 February 1994 – 1 February 2007
Judge of Rajasthan High Court
In office
31 January 1994 – 15 February 1994
Personal details
Born (1949-09-28) 28 September 1949 (age 68)
Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Nationality Indian
Alma mater University of Jodhpur

Justice R. M. Lodha (born 28 September 1949) was the 41st Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India. Before being elevated to the Supreme Court of India, Lodha served as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court.[1] He has also served as a judge in Rajasthan High Court and Bombay High Court. On 14 July 2015, the Supreme Court committee headed by RM Lodha suspended the owners of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings from the Indian Premier League cricket tournament for a period of two years for alleged involvement in betting.[2]

Early life[edit]

Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha was born to Justice S K Mal Lodha, a former Judge of Rajasthan High Court. He completed BSc and LLB from Jodhpur University.


In February 1973, he got enrolled with the Bar Council of Rajasthan at Jodhpur. He moved to Jaipur in 1977 on formation of Jaipur Bench of the Rajasthan High Court.[3] He was appointed as Central Government standing counsel at the Rajasthan High Court in 1990. On 31 January 1994, Lodha was elevated as a permanent judge of Rajasthan High Court at Jodhpur. On 16 February 1994, he was transferred to Bombay High Court and served till 2007. He assumed office as a judge of Rajasthan High Court on 2 February 2007. On 13 May 2008, he was elevated as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court.[4] On 17 December 2008, Justice Lodha was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of India.

Lodha was appointed as the Chief Justice of India succeeding P Sathasivam on 11 April and assumed charge on 27 April 2014.[5] Justice Lodha said that infusing greater transparency in the appointment of judges and initiating steps to bring down the staggering backlog of 3.3 crore cases will be among his priorities.[6] He retired on 27 September 2014 and was succeeded by H L Dattu.

Other positions held[edit]

List of other positions held by him are :[7]


  1. ^ "Justice RM Lodha sworn in as 41st chief justice of Supreme Court". IANS. biharprabha.com. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "CSK, RR owners suspended for two years". ESPNCricinfo.com. 14 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Hon'ble Justice RM Lodha". Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Justice R. M. Lodha". Rajasthan High Court. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Justice R.M. Loadha sworn in as Chief Justice of India". Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Lodha bats for transparency". India Today. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Bio-data of Hon'ble Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha" (Press release). Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
P Sathasivam
Chief Justice of India
27 April 2014 – 27 September 2014
Succeeded by
H L Dattu