RM Lodha sworn in as 41st chief justice of India
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, this year. 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.
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. He also is part of a Constitution Bench looking into the mode of education of minority schools.