Justice Uday Umesh Lalit on Saturday took oath as the 49th Chief Justice of India. President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to Justice Uday Umesh Lalit at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the morning hours. He succeeds Justice NV Ramana, who retired on August 26.
Justice Uday Umesh Lalit will be in office for 74 days, a tenure shorter than average. Justice Lalit was involved in some landmark judgements in past and will also handle some major cases in his tenure as Chief Justice. In past, he was involved in the landmark judgement in the Triple Talaq case.
Justice Lalit, who became the second CJI to be directly elevated to the apex court bench from the he Bar, had on Friday highlighted the three areas, saying he would strive hard to ensure that at least one Constitution bench was functioning in the top court throughout the year. Justice S M 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.
Justice Ramana had recommended Justice Lalit as his successor in keeping with convention and norms of seniority. Subsequently, the President confirmed Justice Lalit's appointment as the new CJI.