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CJI Bobde says judges willing to work if retirement age increased

Justice Bobde, who was sworn-in as the 47th CJI on November 18, was responding to the suggestion of Attorney General KK Venugopal on the issue in his capacity as a member of the bar, not as the country's top law officer.

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Nov 22, 2019, 08.26 AM IST
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At present, the apex court judges demit office at the age of 65 while high court judges superannuate after reaching 62.

New Delhi: Amid debate on increasing the retirement age of judges of higher judiciary, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde said on Thursday that they are 'willing to work' longer if the superannuation age is raised.

Justice Bobde, who was sworn-in as the 47th CJI on November 18, was responding to the suggestion of Attorney General KK Venugopal on the issue in his capacity as a member of the bar, not as the country's top law officer.

Addressing the gathering at the CJI's felicitation ceremony, Venugopal said lawyers who are in 70s and 80s are 'vigorously' arguing their cases in courts and likewise, the retirement age of judges can be extended to 70 years in case of Supreme Court and 68 years for high courts.

At present, the apex court judges demit office at the age of 65 while high court judges superannuate after reaching 62.

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