Hyderabad: A post claiming that Justice Dalveer Bhandari has been appointed the new Chief Justice of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is being widely shared on social media.
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The claim is false.
NewsMeter performed a keyword search which directed us to a report by The Hindu published on 25 November 2017 titled "Who is Dalveer Bhandari?"
According to the report, Judge Bhandari was the chairperson of the Delhi Centre of the International Law Association for several years. Before he was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court on 28 October 2005, he served as the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court. His landmark judgment in a divorce case that held that an irretrievable breakdown of a marriage can be a ground for divorce has nudged the Union government. It is seriously considering his suggestion for amendment of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955. He has been selected as one of the 15 most illustrious and distinguished alumni in the 150-year history of the Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, where he completed his Masters of Law in 1971.
We visited the official website of the International Court of Justice but did not find any mention of Dalveer Bhandari being the Chief Justice of the international court. However, it did mention that Judge Bhandari has been a member of the court since 27 April 2012 and was re-elected on 6 February 2018.
We also did not find any news reports about Dalveer Bhandari being elected the Chief Justice of ICJ.
It is evident that the claim that Dalveer Bhandari has been elected the Chief Justice of the International Court of Justice is false. He is an Indian member of the international court at present.