“I did my greatest, I don’t know how it came throughout,” outgoing Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde mentioned in his farewell tackle as he retired on Friday. Justice Bobde was administered oath as 47the CJI in November 2019 and had a tenure of over 17 months.
Senior-most Supreme Court choose Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana has been appointed as the subsequent Chief Justice of India.
Justice Bobde handled a number of key issues throughout his tenure together with the historic Ayodhya verdict, Right to Privacy, petitions difficult Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Tata-Mistry case, safety of Great Indian Bustard, Mahabaleshwar temple situation, the appointment of ad-hoc judges in High Courts and ban on firecrackers.
A staunch supporter of use of Artificial Intelligence in supply of justice, Justice Bobde launched Supreme Court Portal for Assistance in Courts Efficiency for helping judges with authorized analysis.
Justice Bobde additionally headed the bench which agreed to look at the constitutional validity of CAA and on January 22, 2020 made it clear that the operation of the Act is not going to be stayed and gave the federal government 4 weeks to reply to the pleas difficult the Act.
A few months later, in March, the CJI led bench had indicated that over 150 petitions difficult CAA could be referred to a Constitution bench however as a result of disruption in bodily listening to due to the coronavirus pandemic, the matter is but to be listed for listening to.
Justice Bobde as head of judiciary additionally stayed the implementation of controversial new farm legal guidelines until additional orders and determined to arrange a 4-member committee to resolve the deadlock over them between the Centre and farmers’ unions protesting at Delhi borders.
With his retirement, Justice Bobde would go down in annals of historical past for being unsuccessful in making a single appointment in his 12 months lengthy tenure.
As the nation came to a standstill amid the COVID-19 induced lockdown final 12 months, the apex courtroom underneath CJI Bobde not solely swiftly advanced a system and switched to video conferencing and e-filing as an alternative of bodily hearings but in addition confirmed the way in which to different courts throughout India to make sure that residents proceed to have uninterrupted entry to justice.
He headed a bench which ordered all states to contemplate releasing some prisoners on parole to cut back overcrowding in prisons in the course of the COVID-19 outbreak and directed them to represent a high-powered committee.
Justice Bobde additionally confronted challenges as CJI when he handled allegations in opposition to CJI-designate NV Ramana.
The apex courtroom dismissed a grievance of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in opposition to Justice Ramana after giving the matter “due consideration”.
CJI Bobde headed the in-house committee comprising of Justice Ramana and Indira Banerjee which appeared into the allegation of sexual harassment in opposition to former CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
A five-judge Constitution bench, of which he was a component, rendered a unanimous verdict to deliver the curtains down on the vexatious Ayodhya land dispute which was pending in courts since 1950.
A nine-judge bench of the apex courtroom headed by the then CJI JS Khehar and which included Justice Bobde had held unanimously in August 2017 that the Right to Privacy was a constitutionally protected basic proper in India.
Born on April 24, 1956 in Nagpur, Maharashtra, Justice Bobde accomplished Bachelor of Arts and LLB levels from Nagpur University.
He was enrolled as an advocate of the Bar Council of Maharashtra in 1978.
Justice Bobde practised legislation on the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court with appearances at Bombay earlier than the Principal Seat and earlier than the Supreme Court for over 21 years. He was designated as senior advocate in 1998.
Justice Bobde was elevated to the Bombay High Court on March 29, 2000, as Additional Judge and sworn in as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court on October 16, 2012.
He was elevated as a choose of the Supreme Court on April 12, 2013.