The President Wednesday elevated PUNJAB and Haryana HC Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Madhya Pradesh HC Chief Justice Arvind Bobde as judges of the Supreme Court,taking its total strength of judges to 30. The approved strength of the court,including the Chief Justice of India,is 31.
Justice Bobde,56,who will be in line to become the Chief Justice of India for almost one and half years he retires in April 2021 was enrolled as an advocate in September 1978 and practised at Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court. Designated senior advocate in 1998,he was elevated as Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court in March 2000. He took over as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in October 2012.
Justice Sikri,who enrolled as an advocate in July 1977 with Bar Council of Delhi and was designated as senior advocate by the Delhi High Court in September 1997,was appointed judge of the Delhi High Court in July 1999 and became the acting Chief Justice in October 2011. He was elevated as Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in September 2012. He will have a tenure in the apex court till March 2019.