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Justice UU Lalit Takes Oath As The 49th Chief Justice Of India

President Murmu Takes Oath of Office of Chief Justice of India to Justice UU Lalit

New Delhi:

Judge Uday Umesh Lalit has been sworn in as the 49th Chief Justice of India today, a day after Justice NV Ramana retired from the highest judicial post. President Droupadi Murmu took the oath of office of the Chief Justice of India to Judge Lalit this morning in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Judge Ramana had recommended Judge Lalit as his successor, in accordance with convention and seniority standards. The president then confirmed the appointment of Judge Lalit as the new Chief Justice of India or CJI.

Judge Lalit will serve a short term of 74 days as head of the Indian judiciary and will retire on Nov. 8.

Yesterday, Judge Lalit said at Judge Ramana’s farewell meeting that he will focus on three key areas during his nearly three-month term in office and that one of his top priorities would be to make the list of cases as simple, clear and transparent as possible.

Judge Lalit has also promised to provide a clear regime where urgent cases can be reported freely before the respective benches of the highest court.

He assured that there will be at least one Constitution Bench in the Supreme Court throughout the year.

Judge Lalit said: “I have always believed that the role of the Supreme Court is to enact the law with clarity and consistency, and the best possible way to do this is to have bigger banks as early as possible, where the cases also referred to such banks, so that matters are immediately clarified, the case is coherent and people are well aware of the precise contours of the peculiar legal positions.”

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The outgoing CJI Ramana apologized on his last day of work for not being able to list all the pending cases and said the court has been fighting the fire extinguishing, which has increased alarmingly during the pandemic months.

Judge Lalit was a renowned senior lawyer before becoming the Supreme Court judge. He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court on August 13, 2014.

Judge Lalit will be the second CJI to be elevated directly from the bar to the Supreme Court bench. Justice SM Sikri, who became the 13th Chief Justice of India in January 1971, was the first lawyer to be elevated directly to the highest court in March 1964.

Judge Lalit was born on November 9, 1957 in Maharashtra’s Solapur. His father, UR Lalit, was an additional judge at the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court and a senior lawyer at the Supreme Court. Judge Lalit registered as a lawyer in June 1983. He specialized in criminal law and worked at the Bombay High Court from 1983 to 1985.

He moved his practice to Delhi in January 1986 and in April 2004 he was appointed a senior lawyer by the Supreme Court.

He was later appointed a special prosecutor for the CBI to lead the trial in the 2G spectrum assignment case.

Following Judge Lalit’s retirement on Nov. 8, Judge DY Chandrachud is expected to be appointed as the 50th Chief Justice of India as he is next in line for the position.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.)

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