Sharad Arvind Bobde

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Hon'ble Chief Justice of India

Sharad Arvind Bobde
Hon'ble Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde.jpg
47th Chief Justice of India
Assumed office
18 November 2019
Appointed byRam Nath Kovind
Preceded byRanjan Gogoi
Judge of Supreme Court of India
In office
12 April 2013 – 17 November 2019
Nominated byAltamas Kabir
Appointed byPranab Mukherjee
Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court
In office
16 October 2012 – 11 April 2013
Nominated byAltamas Kabir
Appointed byPranab Mukherjee
Judge of Bombay High Court
In office
29 March 2000 – 15 October 2012
Nominated byAdarsh Sein Anand
Appointed byKocheril Raman Narayanan
Personal details
Born (1956-04-24) 24 April 1956 (age 63)
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Spouse(s)Kamini Bobde
ChildrenShrinivas Bobde, Savitri Bobde, Rukmini Bobde
EducationRashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University

Sharad Arvind Bobde (born 24 April 1956) is an Indian judge serving as the 47th and current Chief Justice of India.[1]

He is a former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court.[2] He is also serving as the Chancellor of Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai; 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 the Supreme Court of India.


Bobde comes from a Nagpur-based lawyers’ family. His grandfather was a lawyer. Bobde's father Arvind Bobde was advocate-general of Maharashtra in 1980 and 1985. Sharad Bobde is an avid nature lover, photographer, music lover, biker and is a vintage automobile aficionado. He also loves old artifacts.[3][4] Bobde's elder brother late Vinod Arvind Bobde was a senior Supreme Court lawyer and a constitutional expert.[5]


Sharad Bobde did his schooling at St. Francis De'Sales High School, Nagpur, Maharashtra. Thereafter Bobde completed his graduation from St. Francis De Sales College, also known as SFS College, Nagpur and studied Law at Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Nagpur University in 1978.[6] He enrolled as an advocate on 13 September 1978, practiced 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 the Bombay High Court on 29 March 2000.[7].

He joined as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court on 16 October 2012 and was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court of India on 12 April 2013.[8][9]

As Chief Justice of India- Bobde[edit]

He was appointed as the 47th Chief Justice of India on 18 November 2019.[10]

Notable judgements[edit]


A three judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, comprising Bobde, Jasti Chelameswar, and Chokkalingam Nagappan, ratified an earlier order of the Supreme Court and clarified that no Indian citizen without an Aadhaar card can be deprived of basic services and government subsidies.[11]


A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, 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.[12]

Religious feelings[edit]

A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, 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.[13]


A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, 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 fire crackers in the region.[14]

Ayodhya case Landmark[edit]

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. The judgement is 1045 pages. [15]


  1. ^ "Two judges sworn in Supreme Court, strength raised to 30". Zee News Portal. 12 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Chief Justice of India & Sitting Hon'ble Judges Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde". Supreme Court of India portal.
  3. ^ Nov 14, Vaibhav Ganjapure | Updated; 2014; Ist, 23:30. "3 from Vidarbha in fray for adv general post - Nagpur News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  4. ^ Albuquerque, Olav (11 May 2018). "The last days of Justice Chelameswar". Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  5. ^ NETWORK, LIVELAW NEWS (11 June 2016). "Senior Advocate Vinod Bobde Passes away". Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Sharad Arvind Bobde". Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  8. ^ "HON'BLE SHRI JUSTICE SHARAD ARVIND BOBDE, B.A., LL.B." High Court of Madhya Pradesh. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  9. ^ Ganjapure, Vaibhav (29 March 2013). "NU alumni justice Bobde to be SC judge soon". The Times of India, gpur. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde takes oath as 47th CJI". Times of India. 18 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Don't insist on Aadhar, warns SC". The Hindu. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  12. ^ "SC rejects pregnant woman's plea to terminate foetus afflicted with Down syndrome". Firstpost. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Poojaya Sri Jagadguru Maate ... vs Government Of Karnataka on 20 September, 2017". Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 April 2019. Retrieved 20 April 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Aadhaar, air pollution, Ayodhya — next CJI SA Bobde has been part of landmark cases". 29 October 2019.