Justice U U Lalit appointed 49th Chief Justice of India
Justice Uday Umesh Lalit (U U Lalit) has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI) by President Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday with effect from August 27. He will become the second Chief Justice of India to be directly elevated to the Supreme Court from the Bar, after Justice S M Sikri, who served as the 13th CJI in 1971.
Justice Lalit was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court in August 2014 from the Bar. Justice Lalit has served as a Member of the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee for two terms.
A statement from the Ministry of Law and Justice said: “In exercise of the power conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President has appointed Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, judge of the Supreme Court as the Chief Justice of India. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit will take over as the 49th Chief Justice of India on 27th August 2022″. Current Chief Justice of India N V Ramana will demit office on August 26 on superannuation.
Justice Lalit was born on November 9, 1957, in Solapur, Maharashtra. He enrolled as an advocate by the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in June 1983. He practiced in the High Court of Bombay till December 1985 before shifting his practice to Delhi in January 1986.
Justice Lalit worked in the chambers of Soli J Sorabjee from October 1986 till 1992 and was on the panel of lawyers for the Union of India during the period Sorabjee was Attorney General for India. From 1992 to 2002, he practiced as an advocate-on-record and was designated as a senior advocate by the Supreme Court in April 2004. He was also appointed amicus curiae in many important issues, including forest matters, vehicular pollution, pollution of Yamuna, etc. He was appointed as a special public prosecutor for CBI under the orders of the Supreme Court to conduct the trial in all 2G matters.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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