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Sharad Arvind Bobde
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47th Chief Justice of India
In office
18 November 2019 – 23 April 2021
Appointed by Ram Nath Kovind
Preceded by Ranjan Gogoi
Succeeded by N. V. Ramana
Judge of Supreme Court of India
In office
12 April 2013 – 17 November 2019
Nominated by Altamas Kabir
Appointed by Pranab Mukherjee
Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court
In office
16 October 2012 – 11 April 2013
Nominated by Altamas Kabir
Appointed by Pranab Mukherjee
Preceded by Syed Rafat Alam
Succeeded by Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar
Judge of Bombay High Court
In office
29 March 2000 – 15 October 2012
Nominated by Adarsh Sein Anand
Appointed by K. R. Narayanan
Personal details
Born (1956-04-24) 24 April 1956 (age 66)
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Spouse(s) Kamini Bobde
Children 3
Alma mater Nagpur University (BA, LLB)

Sharad Arvind Bobde (born 24 April 1956) is an Indian Judge who served as the 47th Chief Justice of India from 18 November 2019 to 23 April 2021.

He is a former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court. He is also serving as the Chancellor of Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai and Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur. He had a tenure of eight years in the Supreme Court of India and retired on 23 April 2021. On 24 April 2021, N. V. Ramana succeeded him as the CJI.

Family and early life

Bobde comes from a Nagpur-based family. His great-grandfather Ramachandra Pant Bobde, a Deshastha Rigvedi Brahmin was a noted lawyer in Chandrapur (erstwhile Chanda) between 1880 and 1900. The family later moved to Nagpur. His grandfather Shrinivas Ramachandra Bobde was also a lawyer. Bobde's father Arvind Shrinivas Bobde 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 did his schooling at St. Francis De'Sales High School, Nagpur. He completed his graduation from St. Francis De Sales College, Nagpur and studied law at Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Nagpur University.


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 an additional judge of the Bombay High Court on 29 March 2000, and subsequently promoted to Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court on 16 October 2012 before being elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court of India on 12 April 2013.

He was appointed the 47th Chief Justice of India on 18 November 2019, succeeding Ranjan Gogoi. He became the only CJI to not recommend a single name of a judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court of India, in his tenure of 1 year and 5 months.

He wrote 68 judgments as judge on the Supreme Court. However, he sat on the bench for 547 cases. He has effectively written 8.5 judgments per year. The subject he has written the judgments on in the Supreme Court is Criminal Law, with 29 judgments.

Notable judgements and opinions

Ayodhya dispute

Justice Bobde was part of the five-judge constitutional bench which heard and delivered the judgment dated November 9, 2019 on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. The bench unanimously ordered the construction of a Hindu Temple in the disputed site, while ruling that the Demolition of the Babri Masjid and the 1949 desecration of the Babri Masjid was in violation of law.


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.

Religious feelings

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 grounds that it outraged the religious feelings of Lord Basavanna's followers.


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.

Appointment of High Court Judges

A three-judge bench of CJI Bobde and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Surya Kant issued binding directions to streamline the appointment of high court judges, within specified timelines.

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