The incumbent Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has recommended the name of Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde as his successor once he demits office on November 17, 2019. Sources close to the office of the CJI have stated that a letter has been written by Justice Gogoi to the Central government recommending Justice Bobde to be appointed as the next Chief Justice. This is in line with the procedure followed for the appointment of a new Chief Justice, which is initiated through a letter of recommendation sent by the sitting Chief Justice to the government for consideration. If his appointment receives government approval, Justice Bobde will take charge as the 47th Chief Justice of India. He is currently the second senior-most judge in the top court.
Born on April 24, 1956, at Nagpur, Maharashtra, Justice Bobde completed his law degree from Nagpur University. He went on to enroll with the Bar Council of Maharashtra in 1978. He practiced Law at the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court with appearances at Bombay before the Principal Seat and before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India for over 21 years and was designated as Senior Advocate in 1998. After over two decades of law practice, Justice Bobde was elevated to the Bench of the Bombay High Court on March 29, 2000, as an Additional Judge. He was sworn in as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court on October 16, 2012, and elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on April 12, 2013. Justice Bobde has also been a part of several landmark judgments from the Supreme Court including the verdict on the validity of Aadhaar. He will retire on April 23, 2021.