Hon'ble Ex-Chief Justice Of India Rajendra Mal Lodha

Enlarge Current Status:-   Ex- Chief Justice of India

City:-   Delhi

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Hon'ble Mr.Lodha was born to Justice S. K. Mal Lodha, a former Judge of Rajasthan High Court. He took B.Sc. degree from Jodhpur University and then pursued LL.B. from there itself. In February 1973, Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court, was on Sunday sworn in as the 41st Chief Justice of India (CJI) by President Pranab Mukherjee. Sixty-four-year-old justice Lodha took over from justice (retired) P. Sathasivam who demitted office on Saturday after nine months as head of the judiciary. 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. Justice Lodha will have a brief tenure of five months as CJI and is due to retire on 27 September. He is heading the bench which is monitoring the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI’s) probe into the 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. It was Justice Lodha’s bench which had ordered that CBI will not share information with the political executive on the coalgate probe. The judgement had led to the resignation of Ashwani Kumar as law minister in May last year. He also is part of a constitution bench looking into the mode of education of minority schools. Last month, a bench headed by him had allowed defence personnel in “peace stations” to vote in constituencies where they are posted, saying “compulsions of their job” shouldn’t come in way of a basic right. Another bench headed by him had stopped clinical trials in the country, saying the interests of people were more important than those of pharmaceutical firms. Later, the government framed rules for monitoring clinical trials and for paying compensation to people affected in the process. Born in Jodhpur, Justice Lodha enrolled with the Bar Council of Rajasthan in February 1973. He practised law in the Rajasthan high court and dealt with all branches of law—constitutional, civil, company, criminal, taxation and labour. He was elevated as permanent judge of Rajasthan high court in January 1994 and was transferred to Bombay high court where he assumed office in February 1994. Justice Lodha was transferred back to Rajasthan high court in February 2007. He had been administrative judge of Rajasthan high court and was chairman of State Judicial Academy. He was sworn in Chief Justice of the Patna high court on 13 May 2008, and elevated as a judge of Supreme Court on 17 December 2008. Justice Lodha’s name was recommended for the office of CJI by Justice Sathasivam