The 49th Chief Justice of India, Justice UU Lalit, takes oath of office

49th Chief Justice of India, Justice UU Lalit,
Justice UU Lalit takes oath as 49th Chief Justice of India Photo Source ANI

On Saturday, Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was sworn in as the 49th Chief Justice of India, a day after Justice NV Ramana retired. Justice Lalit was sworn in as Chief Justice of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Droupadi Murmu in the early hours of the day.

Based on conventions and seniority norms, Justice Ramana recommended Justice Lalit to succeed him. As a result, Justice Lalit was confirmed as the new Chief Justice by the President.

On November 8, Justice Lalit will demit office after serving only 74 days as India’s chief justice.
 
 
n his farewell speech yesterday, Justice Lalit said he would focus on three key areas during his nearly three-month tenure, one of them being making the listing of cases as clear and transparent as possible.
 
 
In addition, Justice Lalit promises to establish a clear-cut system where urgent matters can be brought before the appropriate bench of the top court at any time.
 
The Supreme Court will maintain at least one Constitution Bench throughout the year.
“I have always believed that the Supreme Court has a responsibility to provide clarity and consistency to law, and the most effective way to do so is to have wider benches as soon as possible,” Justice Lalit said. The matter will be clarified as soon as it is referred to such benches. The people will be well informed about the precise contours of the peculiar positions in law.
 
The outgoing CJI Ramana on his last working day apologised for not being able to list all the pending matters. He said the court has been firefighting pendency, which rose alarmingly during the pandemic months.
 
Justice Lalit was a renowned senior advocate before he became the judge of the apex court. He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court on August 13, 2014.
 
Justice Lalit will be the second CJI who was directly elevated to the Supreme Court bench from the Bar. Justice SM Sikri, who became the 13th CJI in January 1971, was the first lawyer to be elevated directly to the top court bench in March 1964.
 
He was born in 1957 in Solapur, Maharashtra. His father, UR Lalit, was an additional judge at the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court and a senior advocate. Justice Lalit became an advocate in June 1983. From 1983 to 1985, he practiced criminal law at the Bombay High Court.
 
After moving to Delhi in January 1986, he was designated a senior advocate by the Supreme Court in April 2004.
 
The CBI later appointed him a special public prosecutor in the 2G spectrum allocation case.
 
A new Chief Justice of India will be appointed after Justice Lalit retires on November 8. 

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