Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, also known as Justice Lalit, took oath as the 49th Chief Justice of India on 18th November 2019. Justice Bobde has served as the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and is the first Chief Justice of India from a Scheduled Caste.
Background of Justice Lalit
Justice Lalit was born on October 31, 1953 in Rajasthan and was raised in Jodhpur. After completing his law degree from Rajasthan University, he went on to practice law in the Rajasthan High Court. He was appointed as an additional judge in the Rajasthan High Court in 1994, and was transferred to the Bombay High Court in 1998. In 2014, he was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court and later transferred to the Allahabad High Court in 2016. On 18 August 2019, Justice Lalit took oath as the 49th Chief Justice of India.
He is the first Chief Justice from Rajasthan to be appointed to the Supreme Court. He has also held many important positions in the Indian judiciary, including as the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority, Chairman of the Rajasthan State Legal Services Authority and Chairman of the Rajasthan High Court Legal Services Committee. He is a renowned jurist and is known for his sound legal reasoning and astute interpretation of the law.
The Oath Taking Ceremony
The Oath Taking Ceremony of Justice Lalit as the 49th Chief Justice of India was held at the Supreme Court of India in New Delhi. It was a momentous event and a proud landmark for the Indian judiciary. The event was attended by dignitaries from the judicial system, including the President of India, Prime Minister, Chief Ministers and other political leaders with representatives from the Bar Council of India and the law ministries of various states.
Justice Lalit, who was sworn in by President Ramnath Kovind, took the oath of office in Hindi, which was an expression of his commitment to upholding the highest standards of justice and equality in India. The Oath Taking Ceremony was a powerful reminder of the importance of the highest court in India and the strength of its judicial system.
The event was a moment of celebration and pride for the legal fraternity, which was present in full force to witness the historic occasion. Justice Lalit spoke of his commitment to the cause of justice and the importance of upholding the rule of law. He also emphasized the need to ensure that justice is delivered to all, regardless of any differences in background, caste or religion.
In his address, Justice Lalit highlighted the need for the judiciary to remain independent and free from any political interference. He also spoke of the importance of judicial reforms and the need to make justice more accessible to the citizens of India. It was a reminder of the fact that justice is an indispensable part of any democracy.
Chief Justice Duties and Responsibilities
As the 49th Chief Justice of India, Justice Lalit took oath to uphold the laws and regulations of the country and act as the head of the judicial system. As the Chief Justice, he has the authority to preside over the Supreme Court and other High Courts across India. He is responsible for the appointment of judges to these courts and for the smooth functioning of the judiciary system.
Furthermore, he is also responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of laws and the protection of citizens’ fundamental rights. The Chief Justice also ensures that the judiciary system is impartial and fair, and that justice is delivered to all citizens. In addition, Justice Lalit is also responsible for maintaining good relationships between the judiciary system and other government departments and institutions, as well as with international organizations.
Reactions to Justice Lalit’s Appointment
Reactions to Justice Lalit’s appointment as the 49th Chief Justice of India were largely seen as positive. People from all political backgrounds, legal experts and common citizens welcomed the news of Justice Lalit taking the oath as the Chief Justice with warm congratulations. Justice Lalit is considered to be a fair and impartial judge who has earned the respect of lawyers, judges and the legal community with his integrity and remarkable judicial record. His appointment as the Chief Justice of India is seen as a step towards further strengthening the Indian judiciary.
People are hopeful that Justice Lalit will bring in a new era of transparency and justice in the Indian judicial system. His appointment is also seen as an indication of the government’s commitment to uphold the rule of law and deliver justice to the citizens. The legal fraternity is also optimistic that Justice Lalit will bring about a radical change in the functioning of the Indian judiciary and make it more accessible to the common man.
Expectations from Justice Lalit
It is with great anticipation that Justice Lalit has taken the oath as the 49th Chief Justice of India. As the country’s highest judicial authority, Justice Lalit’s tenure comes at a critical time for the nation, with a plethora of legal issues that need to be addressed. He is expected to bring about much-needed reforms to the judicial system, from addressing the backlog of pending cases to reforming the judicial process to make it more efficient and accessible to all.
Justice Lalit is also expected to protect the fundamental rights of citizens by upholding the rule of law, whilst upholding the principles of justice, fairness and equality. Additionally, Justice Lalit is expected to maintain the highest ethical standards in the judiciary and ensure the independence of the judiciary. The expectations from Justice Lalit are high, and it is hoped that his tenure will bring a new era of justice and fairness to the Indian legal system.
Justice Lalit taking oath as the 49th Chief Justice of India is a landmark event in the history of Indian judiciary. He is a highly experienced and dedicated judge who has worked hard over the years to ensure justice is served to all. With his appointment, the Supreme Court of India is sure to benefit from his immense knowledge and experience. His commitment to upholding the rule of law and delivering justice to all sections of society will further be a beacon of hope and justice to everyone. His appointment is expected to bring a positive impact on the judicial system of India and will be a testament to his commitment to serve the nation.