A message has been doing the rounds that Justice Dalveer Bhandari, who is of Indian origin, has been elected as the Chief Justice of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the next 9 years. The message further stated that he secured 183 out of 193 votes to be elected for this position. The message goes on to say that Great Britain was holding this position for 71 years and that it was indeed a proud moment for India and Jodhpur.


The message can be read its entirety below:

 Justice Dalveer Bhandari elected Chief Justice for International court of Justice for next 9 years. He secured 183 votes out of 193. 

Great Britain was holding this position for 71 years. 

Proud moment for India and Jodhpur 


This information is fake, first of all, there is no such position as a Chief Justice in the ICJ. There are Presidents and Vice Presidents only.

Secondly, a simple perusal of the official website of ICJ  will showcase that Justice Joan Donoghue of the US is the current president of the ICJ. She was elected as President in February, 2021 and has been a member of the court since 2010.

Justice Dalveer Bhandari is also a member of the ICJ and has been so since 2012. He was reelected to be member (not the president) back in 2017 (elected in November, 2017 and appointed in February, 2018) for a term of 9 years. 

Wondering where the stats “He secured 183 votes out of 193” came from? We did a bit of background check and found out that back in 2017 both Justice Bhandari and Justice Christopher Greenwood of the UK were locked in a stalemate after 11 contentious rounds of balloting, largely because of the vote in the 15-member Security Council. Finally, the British candidate withdrew and Justice Bhandari secured 183 of the 193 votes in the General Assembly and all 15 in the Security Council. Therefore, the 183 out of 193 votes had nothing to do with election of president of the ICJ but in fact with Justice Bhandari’s own re-election as member of the ICJ.

Now let us decode another fact. The President and Vice-President of the ICJ are elected by the Members of the Court every three years by secret ballot. The ICJ is composed of 15 judges  therefore the voting can be out of 15 members only and not 193 as stated in the viral message. Also, the term for a President is three years whereas the term for a member of the ICJ is nine years, therefore the viral message is factually incorrect on that ground as well.

The statement that “Great Britain was holding this position for 71 years” is also not true because before Justice Joan Donoghue of US  was elected to this position, Abdulqawi Yusuf of Somalia was the president of ICJ and even before him Ronny Abraham of France held this coveted position. The term of a president is only three years and the last time a Judge from the United Kingdom was elected as President was between 2006-09.

Now coming on to the last sentence “Proud moment for India and Jodhpur”. The city of Jodhpur is mentioned in this viral message probably because Justice Bhandari’s birthplace is Jodhpur.  The residents of Jodhpur and rest of the country are indeed very proud of him for being reelected as member of the ICJ. Fake forwards do a disservice to him and his legacy as a judge of Indian origin representing the country in an international institution.

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  • Please if you can put date stamp for each report or news item.

    • Honourable Chief Justice of International court of justice Justice Dalveer Bhandare. I am immensely happy and proud that you are elevated to highest position in the World. When you were sitting as The Chief Justice of Bombay High Court I use to see you and hearing the cases. Now I am 80 years old and settled in Hyderabad. I still remember that days Wishing you happy time and more land Mark judgements to humanity. With great regards,
      D. Krishna Mohan.
      Advocate.502.Manbhum Apartments. white field Kothaguda. Hyderabad. 500084.. India.

  • We find few people in the society,who always feel himself elevated by spreading fake news. We have heard ten years back that a student from Kota coaching, selected for NASA by cracking exam. He also called on and greeted by the President of India. Later on it was cleared that no such exam was conducted by NASA. Of course it is the Proud moment for us to know about Mr Daljeet Bhandari. Jai Hind.

    • Oh, President called him without verification of authenticity of news ! Then what’s the impact position of effect on minds of Maas or a common man of this country by fake news, fake information and fake tips on health !
      Then what punishment given to that fake news creator ? Nobody knows ! Because President’s office proved as …….!

  • The greatest honor to modi and as well as our hindusthan

    • Sir, Please read entire news and respond. is the fake news is honor for us??

  • This reminds me of old Devanand song “Pal bhar ke liye koi hame pyar Karle jootha hi sahi” some are desperate for admiration so create some fake news to get attention.


    • LoL. This is another big problem . People do not even read what the news is and react to headlines.
      Just like what we saw In CAA case …. wake up

  • Fake posts are a routine now. Seldom there is a true and correct one. Well it’s the unscrupulous elements of the society who find pleasure in this activity. It’s always good to check back the authenticity and correctness of posts especially this type. This goes on to prove that we need to be sure before celebrating fake news and posts.

    • Exectly! But in todays “Rat Race” taught by Westerners every Tom-Dick and Herry, wanted to be the first to forward Facks to get points, for what I dont know.
      Such Fake will spread disrecept for Indians and Our Nation.

    • Sir, u r 100% right. Off course I have respect for the said highly honoured international Judge, and he & respected P M Shri Modiji also must not be known to creation of this fake news & credit to Shri Modiji.
      I think, now in the age of social media and digital fast spreading communication,THE PRESENT LAW TO PUNISH TO creators & spreaders of the fake news , fake information for gain of political milage to any person or party , any , fake advice related to health, MUST BE STRENGTHENED MORE & CYBER TECHNOLOGY OF INDIA also to be strengthened MORE to protect the interests of common man, who generally starts implementing the advice of WhatsApp msg on his health !

  • Is that information athentcated.

  • who is vice-president of ICJ now?

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