Who is present Chief Justice of India?

Introduction:- In this article, we will cover all the information regarding the present Chief Justice of India (CJI). Also, we will discuss here the list of CJIs, salary, appointment, removal procedure and other interesting facts.

Present Chief Justice of India

The present Chief Justice of India(CJI) is Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde. He is the 47th CJI since the formation of the Supreme Court of India. The supreme court of India has formed 69 years ago in 1950 after the adoption of the Constitution of India.

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde had succeeded Justice Ranjan Gogoi who served as the 46th Chief Justice of India till 17 November 2019.

Chief Justice of India is the head of the Judiciary of India and the Supreme Court of India. He looks after all the administrative functions.

Present Chief Justice of India
JUDGES OF SUPREME COURT OF INDIA

Important facts about Chief Justice of India:-

  • The term length of CJI is till the age of 65 years.
  • The salary of CJI is 2,80,000 (US$ 4100) per month.
  • Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde took over the charge of CJI on 18 November 2019 and will remain in office till 23 April 2021.
  • The CJI is appointed by the President of India on the recommendations of the outgoing CJI by date of appointment to the Supreme Court of India.
  • The collegium of the Supreme Court of India nominates the CJI.
  • Justice HJ Kania was the first CJI of India from 1950-1951.
  • Justice YV Chandrachud is the longest-serving Chief Justice.
  • Kamal Narain Singh is the shortest-serving Chief Justice.

Appointment

Article 124 of the Constitution of India gives the provision of appointing the judges of the Supreme Court. There are no specific provisions given in our Constitution for the appointment of CJI.

However, the outgoing CJI recommends his successor name to the Government of India. The President of India then appoints the Chief Justice of India on his recommendation as his successor.

Removal

The CJI is appointed till the age of 65 years. However, he can be removed only through a procedure of impeachment by the Parliament of India. Article 124 (4) lays down the procedure of impeachment of the judges of the supreme court of India. There is no separate procedure mentioned in our constitution for the removal of CJI.

The judges of the supreme court can be removed by the procedure of impeachment by the Parliament of India. The procedure of impeachment shall be supported by each House of Parliament by a majority of total membership of that house or by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of that house present and voting.

If the impeachment procedure is passed by the majority in both the houses than it is presented to the President of India. He is then bound to pass the orders for removal of the judge on the ground of proved misbehave or incapacity.

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Interesting Facts about Chief Justice of India

The Chief justice of India also acts as acting President of India if, both the offices of President and Vice president are vacant. On 3 May 1969, when 3rd President of India Zakir Hussain Khan died in office Vice President VV Giri acted as President. Later on, VV Giri resigned as President. Then the Present Chief Justice of India Justice Mohammad Hidayatullah became the president of India.

First Female Justice in the Supreme Court of India

M. Fathima Beevi was the first female justice in the Supreme Court of India. She served from 06 Oct 1989 to 29 April 1992. She was born on 30 April 1927 at Pathanamthitta, Travancore.

First Female Justice of Supreme Court of India
M. Fathima Beevi First Female Justice of Supreme Court of India

Lists of Chief Justice of India from 1950 to 2019

Since 1950, there are a total of 47 Chief Justice of India who has served the Supreme Court of India which includes the present Chief Justice of India Justice SA Bobde. The complete list is as follows:-

Ser.NamePeriod of Office
1.HJ Kania26 jan 1950 – 06 Nov 1951
2.M Patanjali Sastri07 Nov 1951 – 03 Jan 1954
3.Mehr Chand Mahajan04 Jan 1954 – 22 Dec 1954
4.Bijan Kumar Mukherjea23 Dec 1954 – 31 Jan 1956
5.Sudhi Ranjan Das01 Feb 1956 – 30 Sep 1959
6.Bhuvaneswar Prasad Sinha01 Oct 1959 – 31 Jan 1964
7.PB Gajendragadkar01 Feb 1964 – 15 Mar 1966
8.Amal Kumar Sarkar16 Mar 1966 – 29 Jun 1966
9.Koka Subba Rao30 Jun 1966 – 11 Apr 1967
10.Kailas Nath Wanchoo12 Apr 1967 – 24 Feb 1968
11.Mohammad Hidayatullah25 Feb 1968 – 16 Dec 1970
12.Jayantilal Chhotalal Shah17 Dec 1970 – 21 Jan 1971
13.Sarv Mittra Sikri22 Jan 1971 – 25 Apr 1973
14.AN Ray26 Apr 1973 – 27 Jan 1977
15.Mirza Hameedullah Beg29 Jan 1977 – 21 Feb 1978
16.YV Chandrachud22 Feb 1978 – 11 Jul 1985
17.PN Bhagwati12 Jul 1985 – 20 Dec 1986
18.Raghunandan Swarup Pathak21 Dec 1986 – 18 Jun 1989
19.Engalaguppe Seetharamiah Venkataramiah19 Jun 1989 – 17 Dec 1989
20.Sabyasachi Mukherji18 Dec 1989 – 25 Sep 1990
21.Ranganath Mishra26 Sep 1990 – 24 Nov 1991
22.Kamal Narain Singh25 Nov 1991 – 12 Dec 1991
23.Madhukar Hiralal Kania13 Dec 1991 – 17 Nov 1992
24.Lalit Mohan Sharma18 Nov 1992 – 11 Feb 1993
25.MN Venkatachaliah12 Feb 1993 – 24 Oct 1994
26.Aziz Mushabber Ahmadi25 Oct 1994 – 24 Mar 1997
27.JS Verma25 Mar 1997 – 17 Jan 1998
28.Madan Mohan Punchhi18 Jan 1998 – 09 Oct 1998
29.Adarsh Sein Anand10 Oct 1998 – 31 Oct 2001
30.Sam Piroj Bharucha01 Nov 2001 – 05 May 2002
31.Bhupinder Nath Kirpal06 May 2002 – 07 Nov 2002
32.Gopal Ballav Pattanaik08 Nov 2002 – 18 Dec 2002
33.VN Khare19 Dec 2002 – 01 May 2004
34.S Rajendra Babu02 May 2004 – 31 May 2004
35.Ramesh Chandra Lahoti01 Jun 2004 – 31 Oct 2005
36.Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal01 Nov 2005 – 13 Jan 2007
37.KG Balakrishnan14 Jan 2007- 12 May 2010
38.SH Kapadia13 May 2010 – 28 Sep 2012
39.Altamas Kabir29 Sep 2012 – 18 Jul 2013
40.P Sathasivam19 Jul 2013 – 26 Apr 2014
41.Rajendra Mal Lodha27 Apr 2014 – 24 Sep 2014
42.HL Dattu25 Sep 2014 – 02 Dec 2015
43.TS Thakur03 Dec 2015 – 03 Jan 2017
44.Jagdish Singh Khehar04 Jan 2017 – 27 Aug 2017
45.Dipak Misra28 Aug 2017 – 02 Oct 2018
46.Ranjan Gogoi03 Oct 2018 – 17 Nov 2019
47.SA Bobde18 Nov 2019 – present

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