Justice Uday Umesh Lalit Appointed 49th Chief Justice Of India

New Delhi: Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was appointed as the 49th Chief Justice of India on Wednesday.

A statement released by the Law and Justice Ministry added that President Droupadi Murmu has appointed Justice Uday Umesh Lalit as the next CJI.

Justice UU Lalit is all set to take over the responsibilities from 27th August 2022. He was appointed as the Judge of the Supreme Court of India in August 2014. Justice Lalit is set to become the second Chief Justice of India to be directly elevated to Supreme Court from the Bar after Justice S.M.Sikri, who was the 13th CJI in 1971.

Justice Lalit has further served as a member of the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee for two terms. He was born on 9th November, 1957, in Solapur, Maharashtra. He practised in the High Court of Bombay till December 1985 before shifting his practice to Delhi in January 1986.

He 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 Soli J. Sorabjee was Attorney General for India.

From 1992 till 2002, he practised as Advocate on Record and was designated as Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in April 2004. He was also appointed Amicus Curiae in many important issues, including forest matters, vehicular pollution and pollution of Yamuna. He was appointed as Special Public Prosecutor for CBI under the orders of the Supreme Court to conduct the trial in all 2G matters.

CJI NV Ramana had last week recommended to the Government the name of Justice UU Lalit as his successor. The Secretariat of the CJI received a communication from Law Ministry on August 3 requesting the CJI to recommend the name of his successor.


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