I did my best, I don’t know how it got: CJI Bobde | India News
NEW DELHI: “I did the best I could, I don’t know how it turned out,” said outgoing Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde in his farewell speech when he retired on Friday.
Judge Bobde was sworn in as a member of the CJI in November 2019 and served a term of more than 17 months.
Greater Supreme Court Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of India.
Judge Bobde addressed several key issues during his tenure, including the landmark Ayodhya verdict, the right to privacy, petitions challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Tata-Mistry case, protection of the Indian bustard, subject of the Mahabaleshwar temple, appointment of ad-hoc judges in the superior courts and ban on firecrackers.
A staunch supporter of the use of Artificial intelligence In delivering justice, Justice Bobde introduced the Supreme Court website for court efficiency assistance to assist judges with legal research.
Judge Bobde also presided over the court that agreed to examine the constitutional validity of the CAA and on January 22, 2020 made it clear that the operation of the Act will not be suspended and gave the government four weeks to respond to allegations challenging the law. Law.
A couple of months later, in March, the bank run by the CJI had indicated that more than 150 petitions challenging the CAA would be referred to a Constitutional court, but due to the interruption in physical hearing Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the matter has not yet been listed for your audience.
Judge Bobde, as head of the judiciary, also suspended the implementation of controversial new agricultural laws until further orders and decided to establish a 4-member committee to resolve the deadlock between the Center and protesting farmers’ unions on the Delhi borders. .
With his retirement, Judge Bobde would go down in the annals of history for not having achieved a single appointment in his one-year term.
When the country came to a standstill amid the COVID-19-induced lockdown last year, the high court under CJI Bobde not only quickly developed a system and switched to video conferencing and electronic filing rather than physical hearings, it also showed the way to other courts. throughout India to ensure citizens continue to have uninterrupted access to justice.
He headed a bank that directed all states to consider releasing some prisoners on parole to reduce prison overcrowding during the COVID-19 outbreak and directed them to form a high-powered committee.
Judge Bobde also faced challenges as a CJI when he dealt with the allegations against NV Ramana, appointed by the CJI. The high court dismissed a complaint by Andhra Pradesh’s chief minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, against Judge Ramana, after giving the matter “due consideration”.
CJI Bobde headed the internal committee made up of Judge Ramana and Indira Banerjee that examined the accusation of sexual harassment against former CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
A constitutional court of five judges, of which he was a member, issued a unanimous verdict to close the curtain on the vexatious Ayodhya territorial dispute that has been pending in the courts since 1950.
A bench of nine high court judges headed by then-CJI JS Khehar and including Judge Bobde had unanimously held in August 2017 that the right to privacy was a constitutionally protected fundamental right in India.
Born on April 24, 1956 in Nagpur, Maharashtra, Judge Bobde completed a Bachelor’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in law from Nagpur University. He was registered as a lawyer with the Bar Association of Maharashtra in 1978.
Judge Bobde practiced law at the Nagpur Bank of the Bombay High Court with appearances in Bombay before headquarters and the Supreme Court for more than 21 years. He was appointed lead defender in 1998.
Judge Bobde was elevated to the Bombay High Court on March 29, 2000 as an additional judge and was sworn in as President of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on October 16, 2012.
He was elevated as a Supreme Court Justice on April 12, 2013.