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Justice RM Lodha sworn in as new Chief Justice of India

Rajendra Mal Lodha was sworn in as the 41st Chief Justice of India by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, the seniormost judge of the Supreme Court, was on Sunday (April 27) sworn in as the 41st Chief Justice of India (CJI) by President Pranab Mukherjee. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

64-year-old Justice Lodha took over from Justice (retd) P Sathasivam who demitted office yesterday after nine months as the head of the judiciary.
Outgoing Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam with Union Ministers Sushilkumar Shinde , M Veerappa Moily and Rajiv Shukla at the swearing-in ceremony of Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

The brief ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan's Durbar Hall attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, some Union ministers, retired and serving judges, members of the Bar, besides Justice Sathasivam. No opposition leader was present at the function. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

Justice Lodha, who took the oath in the name of god, will have a brief tenure of five months as CJI and is due to retire on September 27, this year. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

CJI Rajendra Mal Lodha signs the register after administering the oath of office at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

He is heading the bench which is monitoring CBI's probe into coal blocks allocation scam. He was also instrumental in passing orders making CBI free from any political interference. A bench headed by him had said that CBI does not require sanction from the government to prosecute senior officials in cases being monitored by courts. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

It was Justice Lodha's bench which had ordered that CBI will not share information with the political executive on coalgate probe. The judgement had led to the resignation of Ashwani Kumar as the Law Minister in May last year. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)