New Delhi: Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha was Sunday sworn in as the chief justice of India. He was administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukharjee.
Chief Justice Lodha, 64, is the 41st chief justice.
The oath taking ceremony at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan was also attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and cabinet ministers Sushilkumar Shinde, A.K. Antony, Kapil Sibal and M. Veerappa Moily.
Former chief justices A.M. Ahmedi and A.S. Anand were also present.
Chief Justice Lodha succeeds Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, who demitted office on completion of his term Saturday. He will preside over the Supreme Court for five months as his term will end Sep 27, 2014.
Chief Justice Lodha has heard a large number of important cases.
This includes one on irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks in which he famously described the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a "caged parrot speaking in its master's voice".