President Pranab Mukherjee Friday appointed Justice R M Lodha as the next Chief Justice of India. Lodha will assume charge on April 27.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, Judge of the Supreme Court, to be the Chief Justice of India with effect from April 27, 2014,” a Law Ministry statement said.
Justice Lodha, 64, is the senior-most judge of the apex court after CJI P Sathasivam. He will have a brief tenure of five months as the Chief Justice as he is scheduled to retire on September 27 this year.
Justice Lodha’s name was recommended as the next CJI by Justice Sathasivam. ENS