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Justice UU Lalit's appointment as CJI gets President's nod, to take charge on August 27

Justice Lalit's tenure as the Chief Justice will last for only 74 days, as he would be demitting office on November 8, when he turns 65.

August 10, 2022 / 06:35 PM IST
Justice UU Lalit (left) with outgoing CJI NV Ramana (Image: PTI)

Justice UU Lalit (left) with outgoing CJI NV Ramana (Image: PTI)

President Droupadi Murmu on August 10 approved the appointment of Justice Uday Umesh Lalit as the 49th Chief Justice of India (CJI).

The CJI-designate will assume the charge on August 27, a day after the tenure of incumbent Chief Justice NV Ramana is scheduled to expire.

"In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, judge of the Supreme Court, to be the Chief Justice of India with effect from 27 August, 2022," a law ministry notification said.

Justice Lalit's tenure as the Chief Justice will last for only 74 days, as he would be demitting office on November 8, when he turns 65.

Also Read | Who is Justice UU Lalit? His cases and important judgments

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His appointment as the country's topmost judge was recommended by outgoing CJI Ramana on August 4.

Justice Lalit, who was earlier a senior advocate of the Supreme Court, was elevated as a judge of the apex judiciary in August 2014.

Over the past eight years, he has been part of the top court benches that have ruled on crucial matters. Justice Lalit sided with the bench's majority opinion which outlawed the practice of triple talaq in August 2017, and had last year headed the bench which struck down a contentious ruling made by the Bombay High Court in a case linked to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

The judge had recused himself from hearing in the Ayodhya land dispute case, as he had earlier represented former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh in a contempt of court case related to the illegal demolition of the Babri Masjid.
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