The senior most judge of the Supreme Court, Justice R M Lodha to be the next Chief Justice of India. Justice Lodha will be the 41st Chief justice of India to succeed our present CJI P Sathasivam, who will be retiring on Aril 26, 2014.
Justice Lodha has during the past five years of his tenure in the apex court, passed many landmark judgments including the ban of over the counter sale of acid at retail outlets. The judgment was passed along with a compensation on Rs 3lakh to all acid attack victims. Justice Lodha’s remark about the CBI as the “caged parrot speaking in its master’s voices” lead to the law that the approval of the Central Government was not necessary under Section 6A of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, which governs the CBI, for probe and prosecution of senior level officials in a matter where the inquiry/investigation into the crime under the Prevention of Corruption Act is being monitored by the court.
Justice Lodha became judge of the Rajasthan High Court on January 31, 1994. He was then on February 16, 1994 transferred to the Bombay High Court, where he served for 13 years. In February 2007, he was re-transferred to the Rajasthan High Court. He became Chief Justice of the Patna High Court in May 2008 and was elevated to the Supreme Court in December 2008.