Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha was sworn in as the 41st Chief Justice of India by President Pranab Mukherjee in on Sunday.
The 64-year-old Justice Lodha will succeed Justice P Sathasivam and will serve as the CJI for five months as he is due to retire on September 27.
Chief Justice Lodha has heard a large number of important cases, including the one pertaining to irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks in which he famously described the CBI as a "caged parrot speaking in its master`s voice".
He recently presided over the five-judge Constitution Bench that heard several matters requiring the interpretation of the Constitution.
A law graduate from the Jodhpur University, Lodha practised law in the Rajasthan High Court dealing with constitutional, civil, company, criminal, taxation, labour and other matters. He also appeared as counsel for the Centre and the Rajasthan government.
Chief Justice Lodha was elevated as a permanent judge of the Rajasthan High Court Jan 31, 1994. He was transferred to the Bombay High Court Feb 16, 1994 and remained there for the next 13 years. Lodha came back to the Rajasthan High Court Feb 2, 2007.
Lodha then moved from the Rajasthan High Court to the Patna High Court as its Chief Justice May 13, 2008.
Eight months later, Chief Justice Lodha was elevated to the Supreme Court Dec 17, 2008.
He is also associated with the Jodhpur-based National Law University as its executive member.
(With Agency Inputs)