Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde⁠ — his key verdicts and other unknown details

  • 63-year old Bobde hails from a family of lawyers in Nagpur.
  • Some of his most important verdicts include the one which said that Aadhaar should not be mandatory for citizens to get basic services.
  • He is also part of the Constitution Bench which will give its verdict on the Ayodhya Ram Temple vs Babri Masjid title dispute before he takes over as the Chief Justice of India.

Justice Bobde will be sworn in as Chief Justice of India on November 18 after the President signed the warrant confirming his appointment as the 47th person to hold the position in the country.

Present Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on October 18 has recommended second senior-most judge Justice Bobde as his successor.

The following are some of the key verdicts that Justice Bobde⁠— who hails from a family lawyers in Nagpur⁠— has been part of and cases where he expressed his views on.
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​‘Aadhaar not mandatory for basic services’

​‘Aadhaar not mandatory for basic services’

Bobde was part of a three judge bench, along with Jasti Chelameswar and Chokkalingam Nagappan, that ratified an earlier order of the Supreme Court clarifying that citizens can’t be deprived of basic services and government subsidies for not having Aadhaar.

​Rejected the termination of foetus

​Rejected the termination of foetus

In February 2017, Bobde and L Nageswara Rao rejected a woman's plea seeking the termination of her foetus, that was expected to suffer from Down Syndrome.

"It is sad that the child may suffer from physical and mental challenges and it's unfortunate for the mother but we can't allow an abortion...We have a life in our hands," the bench reportedly said adding that a foetus can be terminated only if it is a danger to the mother’s survival.

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Banned a book for outraging religion

Banned a book for outraging religion

In September 2017, Bobde and L Nageswara Rao upheld the ban by the Karnataka Government of a book by Mate Mahadevi’s book Basava Vachana Deepthi, on grounds that it outraged the religious feelings of Lord Basavanna’s followers.

However, the Bobde-Rao bench did not offer any reason⁠— which is a rare occurrence in the Indian Supreme Court.

“Your intention is not malicious. But you have hurt. We will not interfere. We can’t say government opinion is wrong. The high court has taken a view. Why should we interfere with it?” Justice Bobde reportedly told Mate Mahadevi.

​Suspended cracker sales ahead of Diwali

​Suspended cracker sales ahead of Diwali

A three-judge bench of the Indian Supreme Court, comprising Bobde, TS Thakur and Arjan Kumar Sikri in 2016,suspended the sale of firecrackers in the National Capital Region citing rising air pollution.

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​Next in line: Ayodhya verdict

​Next in line: Ayodhya verdict

Justice Bobde was part of the five-judge constitution bench hearing longest running Ayodhya land dispute case and in which the judgement is still awaited before Justice Gogoi’s retirement on November 17.