On the 27th of August, Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, was sworn in as the 49th Chief Justice of India (CJI.) Ms. Draupadi Murmu, the President of India, administered the oath of office to the new CJI Mr. U.U. Lalit, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.
After taking the oath as the successor of the CJI N.V. Ramana, the new CJI U.U. Lalit said he would intend to work on three key areas, including listing to cases and mentioning urgent matters in the Supreme Court.
Justice Lalit will have a brief tenure of fewer than three months as the CJI and would retire on the 8th of November, 2022. The retirement age of judges of the Supreme Court is 65 and CJI U.U. Lalit would retire, as he would turn 65 years on the 9th of November, 2022.
After taking the oath, CJI U.U. Lalit addressed the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) officials and lawyers and said, “I must assure you that we will strive hard to make the listing as simple, as clear and as transparent as possible.”
CJI U.U. Lalit also said, there would be a permanent five member Supreme Court (SC) bench. The bench would be tasked to interpret the law and decide important constitutional questionnaires.
Notably, the retired CJI Mr. N.V. Ramana recommended Justice U.U. Lalit as his successor on the 4th of August, to the Central Government. In addition, Justice Uday Umesh Lalit is the second judge to be elevated from the bar bench, directly to the CJI post. Moreover, CJI U.U. Lalit has been part of several landmark judgements including the one which held the practice of instant divorce through ‘triple talaq’ among Muslims, illegal and unconstitutional.
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