CJI Current Affairs - 2020

Supreme Court CJI rules out limited shut down of the court

On February 15, 2020, the Chief Justice of India Bobde announced that total shutdown of Supreme Court and other courts are not possible. The SC on the other hand is to launch virtual courts. The SC Court commences on March 16, 2020 after Holi holidays

Legislation

Article 145 of the Constitution empowers Supreme Court to make its own rules in order to regulate procedure and practices of the court. The holidays, leaves and commencing of the Supreme Court are fixed by the court itself under the article.

According to the Article 145, Supreme Court Rules, 1950 were framed. These rules were amended in 1966, 2013 and 2015.

Under the rules, the SC adopted Rooster System

Rooster System

Under the Rooster system, the CJI is the person eligible to hear leave petitions, matters related to social justice, public interest, elections, criminal matters. He has powers to allocate cases to other justices as well. He also empowered to announce holidays for the court.

With these powers, in the wake of Corona Virus, the CJI has limited the operation of the SC.

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde appointed as 47th Chief Justice of India

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde (aged 63) was appointed as 47th Chief Justice of India (CJI). His Warrant of Appointment was signed by President Ram Nath Kovind under Article 124 of the Constitution of India. He will take oath as the next head of the Indian judiciary on 18 November 2019, a day after incumbent Ranjan Gogoi demits office. His tenure will be of total 17 months and will be demitting office on 23 April 2021. Being senior most judge, his name was recommended by incumbent CJI Gogoi as per the established procedure.

About Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde

He was born in Nagour Maharashtra on 24 April, 1955. He had studied in Nagour University. He comes from family of lawyers. His father Arvind Bobde was advocate-general of Maharashtra and his elder brother late Vinod Arvind Bobde a renowned senior advocate of Supreme Court.

He was enrolled as an advocate of the Bar Council of Maharashtra in 1978. He had practised law at Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court with appearances at Bombay before Principal Seat and before Supreme Court for over 21 years. He was designated as senior advocate in 1998.

He was elevated to Bombay High Court in March 2000, as Additional Judge. He was sworn in as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court in October 2012. He was elevated as a judge of Supreme Court on April 2013.