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Chief Justice of India List

Chief Justice is considered as the head of the Supreme Court and deals with important matters that are related to laws. Here, on this page we have provided Chief Justice of India List (1950 – 2020) along with their term of office. Also, check out the name of the next Chief Justice, Judges of India from here. Appointment of Chief Justice is done by the President of India.

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Till date there are 47 Chief justices in India and H J Kania was served as the First Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India. Sharad Arvind Bobde is the current 47th Chief Justice of India and is appointed by the President Shri Ram Nath Kovind on 18th November 2019.

The Current Chief Justice of India is Sharad Arvind Bobde appointed on 18th November 2019.

Chief Justice of India List

List of Chief Justice of India

Federal Court of India (1937–50):

Chief Justices Names and Tenure of Office:

Name (birth–death)Period of office
Sir Maurice Gwyer
(1878–1952)
1 October 193725 April 1943
Sir Srinivas Varadachariar25 April 19437 June 1943
Sir Patrick Spens
(1885–1973)
7 June 194314 August 1947
Sir H. J. Kania
(1890–1951)
14 August 194726 January 1950

Chief Justices Bar & Appointment Person Name:

NameBarAppointed by
Sir Maurice GwyerInner TempleThe Marquess of Linlithgow
Sir Srinivas Varadachariar
Sir Patrick SpensInner Temple
Sir H. J. KaniaBombay High CourtThe Viscount Mountbatten of Burma

Check Out Current: List of Chief Ministers in India

Supreme Court of India (1950–Present):

Chief Justices Names and Tenure of Office:

Name (birth–death)Period of office
H. J. Kania
(1890–1951)
26 January 19506 November 1951
M. Patanjali Sastri
(1889–1963)
7 November 19513 January 1954
Mehr Chand Mahajan
(1889–1967)
4 January 195422 December 1954
Bijan Kumar Mukherjea
(1891–1956)
23 December 195431 January 1956
Sudhi Ranjan Das
(1894–1977)
1 February 195630 September 1959
Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Sinha
(1899–1986)
1 October 195931 January 1964
P. B. Gajendragadkar
(1901–1981)
1 February 196415 March 1966
Amal Kumar Sarkar
(1901–2001)
16 March 196629 June 1966
Koka Subba Rao
(1902–1976)
30 June 196611 April 1967
Kailas Nath Wanchoo
(1903–1988)
12 April 196724 February 1968
Mohammad Hidayatullah
(1905–1992)[2]
25 February 196816 December 1970
Jayantilal Chhotalal Shah
(1906–1991)
17 December 197021 January 1971
Sarv Mittra Sikri
(1908–1992)
22 January 197125 April 1973
A. N. Ray
(1912–2009)
26 April 197327 January 1977
Mirza Hameedullah Beg
(1913–1988)
29 January 197721 February 1978
Y. V. Chandrachud
(1920–2008)
22 February 197811 July 1985
P. N. Bhagwati
(1921–2017)
12 July 198520 December 1986
Raghunandan Swarup Pathak
(1924–2007)
21 December 198618 June 1989
Engalaguppe Seetharamiah Venkataramiah
(1924–1997)
19 June 198917 December 1989
Sabyasachi Mukharji
(1927–1990)
18 December 198925 September 1990†
Ranganath Misra
(1926–2012)
26 September 199024 November 1991
Kamal Narain Singh
(1926–)
25 November 199112 December 1991
Madhukar Hiralal Kania
(1927–2016)
13 December 199117 November 1992
Lalit Mohan Sharma
(1928–2008)
18 November 199211 February 1993
M. N. Venkatachaliah
(1929–)
12 February 199324 October 1994
Aziz Mushabber Ahmadi
(1932–)
25 October 199424 March 1997
J. S. Verma
(1933–2013)
25 March 199717 January 1998
Madan Mohan Punchhi
(1933–2015)
18 January 19989 October 1998
Adarsh Sein Anand
(1936–2017)
10 October 199831 October 2001
Sam Piroj Bharucha
(1937–)
1 November 20015 May 2002
Bhupinder Nath Kirpal
(1937–)
6 May 20027 November 2002
Gopal Ballav Pattanaik
(1937–)
8 November 200218 December 2002
V. N. Khare
(1939–)
19 December 20021 May 2004
S. Rajendra Babu
(1939–)
2 May 200431 May 2004
Ramesh Chandra Lahoti
(1940–)
1 June 200431 October 2005
Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal
(1942–2015)
1 November 200513 January 2007
K. G. Balakrishnan
(1945–)
14 January 200712 May 2010
S. H. Kapadia
(1947–2016)
12 May 201028 September 2012
Altamas Kabir
(1948–2017)
29 September 201218 July 2013
P. Sathasivam
(1949–)
19 July 201326 April 2014
Rajendra Mal Lodha
(1949–)
27 April 201427 September 2014
H. L. Dattu
(1950–)
28 September 20142 December 2015
T. S. Thakur
(1952–)
3 December 20153 January 2017
Jagdish Singh Khehar
(1952–)
4 January 201727 August 2017
Dipak Misra
(1953–)
28 August 20172 October 2018
Ranjan Gogoi
(1954–)
3 October 201817 November 2019
Sharad Arvind Bobde
(1956–)
18 November 2019Incumbent

Get Here: List of Cabinet Ministers of India

Chief Justices Bar & Appointment Person Name:

Name (birth–death)BarAppointed by
(President of
India)
H. J. Kania
(1890–1951)
Bombay High CourtRajendra Prasad
M. Patanjali Sastri
(1889–1963)
Madras High Court
Mehr Chand Mahajan
(1889–1967)
Punjab and Haryana High Court
Bijan Kumar Mukherjea
(1891–1956)
Calcutta High Court
Sudhi Ranjan Das
(1894–1977)
Calcutta High Court
Bhuvaneshwar
Prasad Sinha
(1899–1986)
Patna High Court
P. B. Gajendragadkar
(1901–1981)
Bombay High CourtSarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Amal Kumar Sarkar
(1901–2001)
Calcutta High Court
Koka Subba Rao
(1902–1976)
Madras High Court
Kailas Nath Wanchoo
(1903–1988)
Allahabad High Court
Mohammad Hidayatullah
(1905–1992)[2]
Bombay High CourtZakir Hussain
Jayantilal Chhotalal Shah
(1906–1991)
Bombay High CourtVarahagiri Venkata Giri
Sarv Mittra Sikri
(1908–1992)
Lahore High Court
A. N. Ray
(1912–2009)
Calcutta High Court
Mirza Hameedullah Beg
(1913–1988)
Allahabad High CourtFakhruddin Ali Ahmed
Y. V. Chandrachud
(1920–2008)
Bombay High CourtNeelam Sanjiva Reddy
P. N. Bhagwati
(1921–2017)
Gujarat High CourtZail Singh
Raghunandan
Swarup Pathak
(1924–2007)
Allahabad High Court
Engalaguppe
Seetharamiah Venkataramiah
(1924–1997)
Karnataka High CourtRamaswamy Venkataraman
Sabyasachi Mukharji
(1927–1990)
Calcutta High Court
Ranganath Misra
(1926–2012)
Orissa High Court
Kamal Narain Singh
(1926–)
Allahabad High Court
Madhukar Hiralal Kania
(1927–2016)
Bombay High Court
Lalit Mohan Sharma
(1928–2008)
Patna High CourtShankar Dayal Sharma
M. N. Venkatachaliah
(1929–)
Karnataka High Court
Aziz Mushabber Ahmadi
(1932–)
Gujarat High Court
J. S. Verma
(1933–2013)
Madhya Pradesh High Court
Madan Mohan
Punchhi
(1933–2015)
Punjab and Haryana
High Court
Kocheril Raman Narayanan
Adarsh Sein Anand
(1936–2017)
Jammu and Kashmir
High Court
Sam Piroj Bharucha
(1937–)
Bombay High Court
Bhupinder
Nath Kirpal
(1937–)
Delhi High Court
Gopal Ballav
Pattanaik
(1937–)
Orissa High CourtA. P. J. Abdul Kalam
V. N. Khare
(1939–)
Allahabad High Court
S. Rajendra Babu
(1939–)
Karnataka High Court
Ramesh Chandra
Lahoti
(1940–)
Madhya Pradesh High Court
Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal
(1942–2015)
Delhi High Court
K. G. Balakrishnan
(1945–)
Kerala High Court
S. H. Kapadia
(1947–2016)
Bombay High CourtPratibha Patil
Altamas Kabir
(1948–2017)
Calcutta High CourtPranab Mukherjee
P. Sathasivam
(1949–)
Madras High Court
Rajendra Mal Lodha
(1949–)
Rajasthan High Court
H. L. Dattu
(1950–)
Karnataka High Court
T. S. Thakur
(1952–)
Jammu and Kashmir
High Court
Jagdish Singh Khehar
(1952–)
Punjab and Haryana
High Court
Dipak Misra
(1953–)
Orissa High CourtRam Nath Kovind
Ranjan Gogoi
(1954–)
Gauhati High Court
Sharad Arvind Bobde
(1956–)
Bombay High Court

You Can Also Check: List of Indian Presidents

Next in line for Chief Justice of India:

Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud is currently a judge in Supreme Court of India. D.Y. Chandrachud is expected to become the Chief Justice of India from November 2022 to November 2024 i.e. for two years. He is already a former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and a former judge of Bombay High Court.

Roles of Chief Justice of India:

  • A Chief Justice of India can appoint retired judges for sitting in the Supreme Court.
  • Chief Justice of India can make a suggestion or consult with the President of India about the appointment judges in Supreme and High Court.
  • Chief Justice has the power to decide that which judge will hear which case.
  • The appointment of Officers in Supreme Court will be done by Chief Justice of India.
  • Chief Justice has the power that he/she can move the judges of high court from one place to another.

Also Check: List of Finance Ministers of India

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