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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 112

India gets new Chief Justice

From Gopal Ethiraj in Chennai
Chennai, 28 April, (

Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court, was today (April 27) sworn in as the 41st Chief Justice of India (CJI) by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The brief ceremony on Sunday at Rashtrapati Bhawan’s Durbar Hall was attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, some Union ministers, retired and serving judges, members of the Bar, besides the out going Chief Justice Sathasivam. No Opposition leader was present at the function. Justice Lodha’s name was recommended earlier for the office of CJI by Justice Sathasivam.

64-year-old Justice Lodha who took over from Justice (retd) P Sathasivam will have a brief tenure of five months as CJI and he is due to retire on September 27, this year. Justice Sathasivam who demitted office yesterday had nine months’ tenure as the head of the judiciary.

A law graduate from Jodhpur University in the western state of Rajasthan, Lodha practiced law in the Rajasthan High Court for years, and dealt with all branches of law – constitutional, civil, company, criminal, taxation and labour. He became a judge of the same court in 1994. He was the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court before he was elevated to the Supreme Courtin 2008.

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