Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Justice U.U. Lalit sworn in as 49th CJI

Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, the senior-most judge in the Supreme Court, was on Saturday sworn in as the 49th Chief Justice of India (CJI).
President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath to Justice Lalit, who is the second CJI to be directly elevated to the apex court from the Bar, during a brief ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
As the CJI, Justice Lalit will have a short tenure of 74 days and demit office on November 8. Justice D Y Chandrachud, the senior-most judge after Justice Lalit, is next in line to be the country’s top judge.
“Congratulations,” President Murmu said after Justice Lalit signed the register of oath.
Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former president Ram Nath Kovind, former Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Union ministers including Kiren Rijiju, who holds the Law and Justice portfolio, were present at the ceremony.
Justice Lalit’s predecessor, Justice N. V. Ramana, was also present.